Depression: An Invisible Disability

Depression: An Invisible Disability

Symptoms commonly associated with the mood disorder known as depression include persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness.  Additionally, an individual with depression may be guilt-ridden and experience difficulty when attempting to concentrate, focus, remember and make decisions.  Loss of energy and enjoyment in life are also commonly experienced as are changes to one’s sleeping patterns and weight.  Combined, these symptoms are often extremely disruptive, disabling and challenging to overcome.

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, annually, an estimated 15 million U.S. adults will experience symptoms commonly associated with depression for a period of at least two weeks.  In some cases, depressive symptoms are persistent in nature and sometimes one’s symptoms may wax and wane with seasonal changes.  Regardless, it’s important to see a medical professional who can provide a formal diagnosis as well as possible treatment options.

In cases where symptoms are severe and persistent in nature, it’s likely to interfere with and inhibit an individual’s ability to work and earn an income.  Depression is included on the Social Security Administration’s list of qualifying conditions for disability benefits.  Such benefits can provide much-needed income and ensure that an individual is able to purchase necessities like food and clothing and also pay the rent or mortgage.

Unfortunately, the process of obtaining Social Security disability benefits can be extremely complex and difficult which, for an individual who is suffering from depression, can be a challenge. For these reasons, it’s often a good idea to seek the advice and assistance of an attorney who is well-versed in matters related to Social Security disability law and who has helped individuals in similar situations obtain disability benefits. At the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, we have helped thousands of people receive the disability benefits that they need and deserve. If you or someone you know suffers from depression and is having a difficult time working, contact us. We can help. Free consultations. No fee unless you win your claim for disability benefits. https://www.disabilitylawpa.com. Call at Jenkintown 215-385-5353 or Philadelphia 215-323-5320.