Depression is a very serious disorder and can affect any one of any age at any time.It is a very common mental disorderand affects more than a 100 million people across the world.
Often it is hard to tell if someone is depressed because you might not be able to tell immediately. They might come across as being completely fine and they themselves might not realise something is wrong. If you or someone you know answers yes to the majority of these symptoms, it is likely to be a case of depression.
According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the main symptoms and signs of depression are the following:
- persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
- difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
- restlessness, irritability
- persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
Depression As A Disability
According to the World Health Organization, “Depression is among the leading causes of disability worldwide.” This is definitely true but does depression itself qualify as a disability? Due to it being a mental illness as opposed to most other physical disabilities, many people do not understand why depression should qualify as a disability. But the fact is depression can be debilitating and can affect a person’s life and change it drastically. As a result, a person might need certain benefits to help them get through this difficult time. So yes, depression is a disability.
You are allowed to make a social security claim for depression. If your depression is found to be disabling, you are eligible for support from the government. To support your claim, you must provide medical records, letters from counselors and any other proof you can gather from mental health clinics, psychologists, psychiatrists and any other professionals you have been seeing for your depressive disorder. In addition, to confirm your claim for disability the Social Security Administration might also require to complete a Mental Status Examination.
Once you satisfy the criteria and upon strict evaluation of your depression disability, you will be granted disability benefits for your depressive disorder.
Unfortunately almost a quarter of the people who suffer from depression either don’t want to or don’t even know how to seek help. Depression is definitely possible to cure and can be treated well with medication and therapy. Counseling is also very helpful for an individual suffering from depression. Support from family members and friends is also very helpful for depression.
Depression as a disability suffers a certain stigma because many people do not take it seriously. However, depression is a very serious and real illness and if you are having trouble dealing with it, you should speak to a qualified professional who can help you during this tough time.
Depression – World Health Organization
Depression and your claim – Disability Expert
Depression – National Institute of Mental Health