Depression is one of the most common disabling conditions in the United States today. Estimates from the National Institute of Mental Health show that in 2012, approximately 16 million American adults suffered at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Research also shows a depression disability accounts for an average of 8.3 years of living with a mental disorder.
Most experts advise that the best way to battle depression is for those who are suffering from the condition to get help. An article from Clinical Psychological Science shows that a one-time intervention with teenagers about the ability to change thoughts, actions, and personality can significantly decrease the risks of the teen showing symptoms of depression.
If you need help with depression, assistance is just a phone call away. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached by calling (800) 273-8255.
If your depression is preventing you from going to work, you may qualify for assistance as well. Speaking with a Social Security Disability lawyer will help you determine if you qualify for compensation due to your mental health condition.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we understand the struggles you are facing if you’re suffering from depression. We can answer any questions you may have about applying for disability, and we’re here to take the stress of paperwork and meeting deadlines off of your shoulders. Give us a call to learn more about how we can help you.