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Study: Depression is Second-Leading Cause of Disability in the World

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A new study published by researchers from the U.S., Canada and Australia in the journal PLOS Medicine reveals that major depressive disorder is the second-leading cause of disability worldwide. Women tended to be more effected by depression than men, and depression affected individuals who were of working age more than those who were not.

Depression has been identified as a risk factor for many other adverse health conditions which may increase the risk for developing a disabling condition such as ischemic heart disease. Mental health conditions such as major depressive disorder and dysthymia – a milder, chronic form of depression that can last for years – are often diagnosed as disabling conditions that qualify for disability benefits.

Depression and disability often go hand-in-hand. Those with chronic conditions such as cancer often experience depression due to the mental health toll a chronic disease can take on the patient. Even those without chronic health problems may develop severe depression if charged with caring for a loved one who is severely disabled.

If you suffer from severe depression you may have lost the ability to perform at your regular job and may be unable to perform substantial gainful activity. Aside from an inability to work, depression can cause a major impact in your social life and well-being. Severe cases of depression can also lead to lack of personal care, which can leave you vulnerable to poor health conditions.

A diagnosed case of major depressive disorder may qualify for disability benefits through Social Security. If you filed a disability claim and were denied benefits, contact the Disability Help Group to speak with a disability claims representative about your case. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.