Depression in its various forms can affect a person’s ability to work. It is a type of mood disorder that can have a significant impact on an individual. Three types of depression are covered in the Blue Book.
1.Major Depressive Disorder
The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) classifies three types of significant disorders. The Social Security listing is based on that. As per their list, the first type of depression is Major Depressive Disorder.
The symptoms of dysthymia and major depression are very much similar. However, dysthymia is more severe and disabling than the major depressive disorder. It lasts longer and can be difficult to distinguish from a personality disorder. It can be treated with proper psychotherapy and medication. However, there are times when it gets challenging to cure. Therefore, you can apply for disability benefits and get the necessary financial help for your medical condition.
The third type of depression described as a disability in the DSM is a manic depression or Bipolar disorder. The severity of symptoms varies from individual to individual. The symptoms can be severe enough and can even cause psychotic episodes.
It can be severe and may require hospitalization, and you should seek proper treatment for the same. If any of your family members is diagnosed with this, you should seek help for the same. To get financial assistance, you can apply for Social Security Disability. Consult a lawyer to understand the process.