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Depression among Americans

Most of our Los Angeles readers know that there are millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability due to a wide variety of physical diseases, such as cancer, liver disease and heart disease. What many people do not know is that there are also thousands of people who suffer from mental disorders and receive SSD benefits as well. Depression, in particular, is a major concern for mental health professionals.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in every 20 Americans over the age of 12 reported suffering from depression. There is a whole range of different factors that can lead a person to become severely depressed - employment issues, family issues, financial concerns and social issues, among many other things.

Of course, we all feel somewhat "blue" from time to time. So, what is considered a more chronic form of depression? A condition so serious that a person cannot even work or perform other daily functions? Well, in most cases of severe depression, the person can be very irritable - or they might not feel anything at all. A person with severe depression can have a great deal of trouble sleeping, or they might have drastic changes in their appetite. All in all, it can be the symptoms of depression that get a person to a point where they might actually become disabled.

Anyone with depression will probably attempt to get the right type of medical help at some point. However, there are cases in which a person is so far along into this mental condition that even the best medical assistance isn't enough.

Source: www.cdc.gov, "Depression," accessed on March 1, 2015

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