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Depression second leading cause of disability

Mental health conditions like depression are not taken as seriously as they should. However, with millions of people suffering from depression in the United States, hopefully the condition will receive more attention by health care providers, friends and family members in the future.

Depression is not just an issue in the U.S. Did you know that depression is the second leading cause of disability in the world? A new study found that depression plays a big role in a person's life, including their professional opportunities and relationships. 

Depression can impact a person's entire way of life, making it difficult to work and stay employed. It can also make it difficult to maintain relationships with others when support and care is so necessary for people suffering from depression. 

Depression is defined as a state of prolonged sadness or disinterest in activities or things that once resulted in happiness. Depression is the most common mental health disorder, and the World Health Organization reports that an estimated 350 million people throughout the world suffer from depression.

The study reported that depression is a major cause of disabilities in the world. This is important for people suffering from depression in California to know. Individuals who are depressed or suffer from a different mental health condition may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits if they are unable to work. 

SSD benefits can help individuals pay for monthly expenses if they can no longer work. These monthly benefits can be very helpful, especially for individuals who require medical treatment or care. 

People suffering from depression should know that they are not alone and there is help out there. Individuals thinking about applying for SSDI benefits may want to consult a Social Security Disability attorney for help and guidance during this process.

Source: FOX News, "Depression: The second leading cause of disability worldwide," Brian Krans, Nov. 6, 2013

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