Major Depressive Disorder
When Depression Keeps You Out Of Work
Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. For some individuals, major depression can result in severe impairments that interfere with or limit one’s ability to carry out major life activities. Major depression is much more than the “blues” or a “bad day.” Symptoms can last months and even years.
Symptoms of major depression include:
- Distinctly depressed or irritable mood
- Loss of interest or pleasure
- Decreased or increased weight or appetite
- Decreased or increased sleep
- Appearing slowed or agitated
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Poor concentration or indecisiveness
- Thoughts of death, suicide attempts or plans
Many people with depression do not seek evaluation or treatment because of society’s attitudes about depression. The person may feel the depression is their fault or may worry about what others will think. Also, the depression itself may distort a person’s ability to recognize the problem.
If your depression is so severe that you cannot work, it may also be difficult or even impossible to begin, or follow through with, a Social Security Disability application. Binder and Binder has handled thousands of cases involving major depression. We understand how your disability limits your ability to compete certain tasks. That’s why we’re here. We will take care of your claim, work with your doctors and if necessary, accompany you to a hearing. There’s no need to do this alone.
If your symptoms of depression are so severe that you are considering harming yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and speak with someone. 1-800-273-8255