In 2023, there were 71,984 PIP claimants with depression listed as their main disabling condition. This makes it the eleventh most common condition to get an award of PIP for out of over 500 conditions listed by the DWP.

So, if you have depression and it affects your daily living activities, such as cooking, washing, dressing or mixing with other people or your ability to get around, you should definitely consider making a claim.

Learn more or take the test

You can read more about claiming PIP for depression or take our simple online test now to find out if you might be able to make a claim.

PIP test for depression

Success rates

The DWP refer to this condition as 'depressive disorder' and list it with other mood disorders.  There is also a separate, and much more common classification of ''Anxiety and depressive disorders - mixed'.

The success rate for PIP claims for depression on its own is 51%, compared to an overall average of 53%.  So you have a slightly less than average chance of getting an award for depression , but still a very good chance.

Award rates

Please note, percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.

23% of PIP claimants with depression , get the enhanced rate of both the daily living and the mobility component. 

Daily living awards
Enhanced daily living 48%
Standard daily living 50%
No daily living 3%

Mobility awards
Enhanced mobility 31%
Standard mobility 30%
No mobility 40%

89% of claimants with depression who get an award get the daily living component, compared to 76% who get the mobility component.

Age range

The ages of those currently in receipt of PIP for depression are:

  • 16-29 years  12%
  • 30-49 years  37%
  • 50-64 years  40%
  • 65 and over  11%

PIP rates

The rates of PIP from April 2024 are:

Daily Living component
Standard rate: £72.65
Enhanced rate: £108.55

Mobility component
Standard rate: £28.70
Enhanced rate: £75.75

 So, an award of the enhanced rate of PIP for both components means an extra £184.30 a week. 

PIP  is paid on top of almost every other benefit and may lead to an increase in some benefits or entitlement to additional benefits.

The enhanced rate of the mobility component also gives access to the Motability scheme.

How you qualify for PIP

This information applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland – Scotland has a separate system.  You need to be aged at least 18 before you can receive PIP and you need to start your claim before you reach state pension age.

The best way to decide whether you might be eligible for PIP is to look through this list of PIP activities and think about the ways that your condition affects your ability to carry them out.  You are awarded points according to the level of difficulty you have with each of these activities, with sufficient points leading to an award of PIP.

Daily living activities
There are 10 daily living activities:

  • Preparing food
  • Taking nutrition
  • Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition
  • Washing and bathing
  • Managing toilet needs or incontinence
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Communicating verbally
  • Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words
  • Engaging with other people face-to-face
  • Making budgeting decisions

Mobility activities
There are two mobility activities:

  • Planning and following journeys
  • Moving around

Remember that you need to be able to complete the activities

  • to a reasonable standard,
  • safely,
  • repeatedly
  • taking no more than twice as long as it would take a person without a health condition.

Points for depression

Below are some examples of the issues that you might have because of depression .  Do remember, that if you have other conditions, you can take those into account too.

Difficulties with concentration may mean you start to cook a meal but then become distracted, leaving pans to burn or food to get cold in the microwave.   You may need supervision because of this issue.

If you feel hopeless or worthless, you may need to be prompted not to neglect yourself and this can include ensuring that you eat meals. 

If you have a history of self-harm or suicidal thoughts, you may require someone else to supervise you when taking your medication.

You might wash or bathe but not to an acceptable standard because, for example, your mood is low and you lack interest in your appearance.

You may lack the motivation to change your clothing and need prompting to make sure you put on clean clothes or change out of your nightclothes.

Issues with concentration/focus may cause you to miss social cues and so struggle to form relationships with others.  You might need someone to support you with understanding.

Due to poor concentration, you may take wrong turns when walking/driving or miss your stop when on public transport unless you have someone to prompt you about this.

There are more examples of ways that depression may affect your PIP score in the PIP test for depression.

Benefits and Work members can also download a ‘PIP for depression Supplementary Guide’ from the PIP Guides page with even more examples and case studies, to complement our main guide to claiming PIP.

PIP test for Depression 

Take the next step 

Claiming PIP isn't easy. And getting the correct award is even harder.

But there are things you can do to greatly increase your chances of getting the right result.

One of them is to use our highly detailed, step-by-step Guide to PIP claims and reviews, which will support you through every stage of the system.

Because filling in the 37 page PIP2 ‘How your disability affects you’ form in as much detail as possible is vital.

It not only means you are giving accurate and consistent evidence from the outset, it also improves your chances of overturning an unfair decision if you have to go to appeal.  

Our guide takes you through the PIP2 form, box-by-box, explaining the kind of information you need to put in each one.

Being fully prepared for an assessment is vital too. Knowing what questions you are likely to be asked and what unspoken assumptions may be made based on your answers, unless you deal with them, can make all the difference.  Our guide will ensure you are as ready as you possibly can be.

And because we’ve been supporting claimants for 20 years and have a community of thousands of members who keep us updated with their experiences, we can make sure you are prepared for any unfair tactics the DWP might employ.

And we have guides to every other part of your PIP claim too, from mandatory reconsideration, to appeal to review.  Plus a forum where you can ask questions, regular news items and more.

So, whether you’ve tried claiming PIP before and been unsuccessful, or you’ve never had any experience of the benefits system, join the Benefits and Work community to give yourself the best possible chance of getting the right award.

Even if you are not ready to subscribe to the site yet, you can download our guide to ‘The First Steps To PIP Success’ for free and also join the 120,000 people who subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter.

PIP test for Depression

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    Chris Nasher Nash · 2 months ago
    Hi I have recieved pip since 2017 
    I recently had a telephone assessment by a stand in nurse which was 2 and a half hours after my appointed time so she could read my notes.
    I am reasonably happy for my award however saying that 
    I do believe the nurse did not listen or write what I told her on our conversation.
    I had sent evidence from an expert consultation to say I had left hemisphere brain damage but they say because of how I talked to the assessor she said I don’t show any signs of depression or mental illness.
    I never had that part of pip awarded they say because I don’t go for therapy or attend any classes I don’t have any depression or mental illnesses.
    The experts examined me prior to a court hearing.
    That was 5 years after my accident and they stated clearly that my condition would not alter at this late stage.
    Even my gp wrote to them to say the industrial injuries benefit tribunal acknowledged that I have a brain injury so why does the DWP Pip not acknowledge it.
    He told them just because I don’t go on about my depression does not mean I don’t have it !!
    She also in my descriptors ignored that I don’t use certain 
    AIDS to assist me like perching stool and double handled cups and utensils to eat and drink from, Or that I only shower less frequently than I probably should do.
    I know this because I ask for a copy of her recorded notes as well as DWP returning all the medical evidence also extra evidence sent in  since the phone assessment.
    I was going to ask for a mandatory reconsideration,
    But reading that a lot of persons came of worse decided not to follow it through.
    I am 66 and the nurse reccomended I be given a 2 year award and then be reassessed, however pip gave me a 10 year award.
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    LB · 4 months ago
    An update on my claim. I was awarded zero points on the care element of the pip form and enhanced rate for mobility. The decision on the ruling is so Indifferent, dismissing my epilepsy as ‘manageable’, even when I stated the difficulties I have as a result of seizures. They ignored any mention of my Type 2 Respiratory Failure and glaucoma issues. Three consultants, an Epilepsy clinic, a lung function clinic, has been overruled by a disability assessor who did the assessment.

    I wish I was surprised, but I am not. The DWP seem determined to punish claimants or put them off appealing. I’m going to appeal. There’s no other option. 
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    GS/MM · 4 months ago
    Hi 
    My partner had to claim PIP for thr first time 4 years ago, she suffers from drug resistant epilepsy, in that here siezures are not controlled and she gets no warning of onset. She went through the initial review, zero points, then the mandatory reconsideration which netted higher mobility at 12 points, but still nothing for the care element, the award was only for 18months at this stage.
    She then appealed and it took just over a year to get to the tribunal, then in front of the judge and two other health professionals She had to explain her condition, how it affects her life and the dangers.

    The DWP conceeded that the case should have been reviewed as their opening statement and offered medium rate care and higher mobility, the judge reviewed the evidence spoke to my partner along with other members of the panel and awarded high rate care and mobility for five years.

    The DWP tried scare tactics when she went for the mandatory reconsideration saying she could loose everything, however when we did finally get to the tribunal the judge told her what had already been awarded was not in question, just the length of the award and if she was entitled to anything more.

    Hers and my advice is don't give up,

    She is currently going through the process for yhr second time, hopefully this will be easier, however armed with the experience from the first claim she should be better prepared.



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    Alison · 4 months ago
    I was extremely depressed and suffered from anxiety amongst other things. I never went out the house and had to move in to my parents home along with my daughter. 
    I was with my Dad waiting to go in for the assessment and he made me laugh. 
    Even though I was really struggling in the interview & became quite distressed when I had to talk about how I felt and what help I needed. 
    When I received my award letter I didn’t have enough points for either mobility or living. 
    It stated I wasn’t really depressed as she didn’t believe me as she had been watching me with my Dad laughing before I went in the start the interview!!! It was a nervous laugh as I had never had to claim anything before. 
    Needless to say it was overturned on Mandatory Consideration after a rather forthright letter from my GP. 
    I got the higher rate award in both mobility & care. 
    I couldn’t believe they were sat observing me before I went in the room. It made my claim form & interview a joke. It was like she was talking about someone else. 
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    LB · 4 months ago
    I have had one success PIP claim, after a mandatory review and I am waiting for a decision on my latest claim. It’s been almost twelve months (early December 2022) since I returned the form, Capita ‘lost’ my first telephone interview and I had to do a second one over a month later. I didn’t know, but you can request a cd copy of your telephone interview by your assessor, instead of a download link. My ‘link’ failed three times with Capita blaming their system. Hard copy is better and it works. It takes up to twenty one days to arrive but you will receive it.

    On both forms, I have used Gov. UK’s website for the ruling by the Upper Tribunal Administration Appeals Chamber  to support my claim on seizures without warning and the interpretation of ‘safety’ for the purpose of supervision. 

    Full title: RJ, GMcL and CS vs Secretary of State for Work and Pensions vs RJ (PIP) : [2017] UKUT 105 (AAC); [2017] AACR 32

    It’s long, but well worth reading, especially when you have infrequent seizures as I do. Having a risk assessor for a husband who was able to claim that the nurse who dismissed my epilepsy as a reason for pip had no basis in which to argue that she knew better than a fully qualified health and safety professional helped. 

    One thing that was raised in my first claim interview was who managed my epilepsy care. She mentioned an epilepsy clinic as one of the options. I had never heard of them. Unfortunately, I discovered mine when I had six cluster seizures in one night and was admitted to my local hospital. I did have an epileptic consultant and he had set up an epileptic clinic in his department at the hospital.
    The clinic took over my epileptic care. I speak or message the epilepsy nurses whenever I have an issue and they call after speaking to the consultant. I have a yearly discussion with a doctor and review all my medications through them. Waiting for so long for a decision on my latest claim has caused me to increase my prescription and this was arranged by the epileptic nurses who contacted my gp directly. Having a hospital manage my care seemed to make more impact in my last interview than just using the local doctor. The clinic also wrote a letter to support my claim and to outline the type of epileptic seizures I have and the damage I have sustained as a result of them. 

    I’m not sure if it helps as the DWP like to avoid external cases, but did anyone read the Health and Safety case against Morrisons? They had been warned that one of their employees who has infrequent seizures should not have his locker upstairs. They ignored the warning. He suffered a seizure and fell down the stairs and died. It resulted in over a million pounds fine. No matter what they say, infrequent seizures result in serious consequences for those who ignore or say they aren’t relevant for PIP claims. The courts of appeals and Health and Safety think otherwise.

    One thing that I did have after my first claim was denied and appealed against was photographs after a seizure. I hit a radiator and as my doctor said; the bruising was very impressive. I hope you don’t need this kind of evidence, but take photos if you have a seizure to record any bruises or injuries you may have sustained. I’d even recommend taking pictures of a room if you damaged anything. I threw coffee over a chair and wall one time and hit a leather chair on my last seizure. 
    I do have other issues, along with epilepsy, that are on my claim, but I repeatedly mentioned in my interview that I needed to be supervised to carry out tasks. I am lucky that all my issues are managed by hospital consultants as it appears that they hold more ‘weight’ in deciding whether I should receive PIP or not. I won’t know if it’s true until my decision comes through. I still expect to be refused PIP, but I will appeal. 




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    Dawn · 4 months ago
    I have recently applied and received standard rate for PIP, I suffer both major and minor epilepsy. I made the point that many things are unsafe for me to do without supervision especially when the minor attacks occur. This can be 4 days a week and last from an hour to all day. The return letter said because I hadn't had a major fit for 6 years made my epilepsy not a problem huh! I wish they had to live with it. I've gone 10 years without a fit then had 3 in one month. While talking to the interviewer she only wanted to know how I am on a good day, she kept joking about different things and that was all held against me so beware they do try to trap you
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    Paula · 4 months ago
    Took a four year fight for pip. I have uncontrolled epilepsy, peripheral nerve damage, osteoarthritis, liver disease, mental heath issues following a nervous breakdown, and asthma plus  few other things. I was told epilepsy was not a disability.  Four years, had to keep reapplying after failed tribunals.  I get high rate mobility and standard daily care now. I had the help fron the citizens advice throughout this. Back pay was just over £2000 no backpay for previous years of fighting . I've lost all my confidence I used to work in hospitality now I barely go out. Never stop fighting for what you are entitled to. Before I took so ill I was a full time unpaid carer for my mother who had terminal lung cancer, and a carer for my special needs son. 
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    Angela · 4 months ago
    My husband receives pip for epilepsy and gets high mobility but unfortunately nothing for care, he is waiting at the moment for a decision on his review, he has been waiting since 5th May 23 for them to deal with it, we are hoping that he is awarded some care component, if you have epilepsy it's worth making a claim
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