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Dysthymia, Mild Form of Depression, Leading to Social Security Benefits

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Wall Street Journal reports that dysthymia is a form of depression that can result in the need for Social Security disability benefits. There’s also growing evidence that even mild cases of depression can significantly interfere with an individual’s social life, family, and ability to work. If this condition applies to you, you should speak to your Deerfield Beach Social Security disability associate.

Dysthymia is a mild, chronic depression which can afflict an individual for years or even decades. Some of the signs include lack of energy, low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness, and irritability. The diagnosis is confirmed when an individual experiences these signs on most days for at least 2 years.

Researchers from the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University analyzed patients with dysthymia and found that they were more likely to suffer both emotional and physical problems. Additionally, they were more likely than those with acute depression to be on Social Security disability.

Previous studies have also shown that 80% of patients with dysthymia have experienced bouts of major depression. This increases the risk of suicide since those with chronic depression have gone longer periods battling it, in comparison to those with acute depression.

To learn if you qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits, then you should seek legal counsel from a Deerfield Beach Social Security disability advocate.

Filing for Social Security disability benefits is complicated and time-consuming, but at Disability Help Group, our team of disability representatives is ready for the challenge. We like to empower our clients by providing a FREE Social Security disability guide so you can learn more about the process of filing for disability benefits.

When you’re ready to get started, contact the Disability Help Group to begin your claim. Our state-of-the-art, customized intake and database system means less hassle, so you can focus on what’s most important to you instead of having to spend your days wading through confusing legalese and legal red tape. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.