Conditions that fall under this category include unipolar disorder, major depression, clinical depression and have feelings that affect your ability to function. You may lose interest in things that you once enjoyed and feel worthless, guilty, helpless and experience a feeling of hopelessness. It is very common to experience insomnia, withdraw from being around people, a reduced sex drive and in the most severe cases have thoughts of suicide or death.
Causes are unknown, but indications are that it is an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain thought to be hereditary or brought on by stress or traumatic events in your life. Psychotherapy and antidepressants are common treatments and in some cases anti-anxiety, antipsychotic or mood stabilizing medications are utilized. As with most mental health conditions, it is critical that continuous treatment with a Psychiatrist/Therapist as well taking and adhering to any prescribed medications.
Detailed medical records are necessary to get Social Security disability which should include treatment notes and prognosis. Any hospitalizations, lab work or suicidal ideations should be documented as well.
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