Dysthymia and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Depression is a word that can mean many things. It can refer to delusions, physical signs and symptoms, suicidal thoughts, a condition of inconsolable misery or a passing mood of discouragement or sadness. Depression is considered to be a clinical condition when it lasts long enough or is serious enough to interfere with your physical health, family life, social life and/or work.

The work dysthymia is a Greek word that means “ill humor or “a bad state of mind.” Dysthymia is one of the two major forms of clinical depression.

Most of the time, the signs and symptoms of dysthymia are considered to be fewer and less serious than those of major depressive disorder. However, the signs and symptoms of dysthymia last longer than those of major depressive disorder.

It you have dysthymia; you may also have an episode of major depressive disorder. Then, you may move from dysthymia to major depressive disorder and back to dysthymia. This is referred to as double depression.

Nearly 11 million people who are age 18 or older have chronic depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The National Institute of Mental Health also states that nearly 19 million people over the age of 18 experience major depression.

Dysthymia can start at any age of life. It usually begins earlier than major depressive disorder.

As with other types of depression, there is no single cause of dysthymia.  Environmental and biological factors play a part in causing dysthymia. Heredity may also be a major factor in causing this condition.

Many of the signs and symptoms of dysthymia are the same as those of major depressive disorder. However, they are not as severe as and more chronic in nature than those of major depressive disorder. Some of these signs and symptoms include:

  • Loss of energy and fatigue
  • Indecisiveness and difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in your sleeping habits
  • Sad and blue mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure including sex
  • Changes in appetite.

The signs and symptoms of dysthymia never seem to leave for more than a day or two before they return to drain all the pleasure out of life.

You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with dysthymia. Dysthymia and/or complications that have resulted from it or other ailments that you have besides this condition may have led to you or your loved one’s disability and inability to work.

You may need assistance if this is your situation. You may need financial help.

You or your loved one may be intending to apply for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability that has been caused by dysthymia and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other ailments that you have besides this condition. You may have already tried this option, and your claim was turned down by the Social Security Administration.

If you or your loved one is planning on reapplying or appealing the denial, here is an important fact that you really ought to keep in mind that you may not have heard of. The fact is that people who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer working for them.

Please do not delay. This could be extremely important to you or your loved one. Contact the disability attorney at disabilitycasereview.com, today.

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