Depression

Depression can be a very real experience for a person with chronic pain, illness or disability. Depression and physical disabilities often go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, symptoms of depression often go unreported to doctors or are untreated. At the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, Esq., we urge clients to take symptoms of depression and anxiety seriously. Do not overlook symptoms of depression. In fact, if you have any symptoms of depression, obtaining treatment will always strengthen your claim for disability benefits. No matter what your mental health impairment, always obtain treatment and honestly report the nature, severity and frequency of all of your symptoms.

We encourage our clients to recognize signs of depression. Remember, we are not medical professionals and this should not replace professional medical advice. Please keep in mind that the following is not an all-inclusive list and you may experience symptoms not listed. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following: feeling hopelessness, despair or anger, low energy, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, sleep disturbances, poor concentration, anxiety or panic attacks or suicidal thoughts.

We advise people to seek medical treatment for depression. Treatment does not have to be with a private psychiatrist. Many times the most helpful treatment will be with a therapist at a local mental health center. When in treatment, be honest about the nature and severity of your symptoms. Do not hide them. That would include suicidal thoughts, which are common and normally not a reason for hospitalization. If your doctor recommends brief hospital treatment, your claim will be stronger if you follow your doctor's advice.

For legal help related to depression and disability benefits, contact an attorney from the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, Esq. We can help call (215) 886-0398 to set up a free initial consultation. We take all cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win your claim.