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Psychiatric Disorders/Depression - Disability Claim

Psychiatric Disorders are usually based on complaints you have made to a doctor, where little "objective" medical evidence is available. The greatest difficulty with legal cases involving these illnesses is establishing your credibility with insurers and their lawyers who firstly do not accept this diagnosis, and secondly, do not believe that such conditions are real. In addition, in the context of disability claims, there is the difficulty of convincing the insurer that the condition is disabling.

Psychiatric Disorders - Depression

The most common psychiatric disorder is Depression, or Major Depressive Disorder. Depression is a serious medical illness that can eat away at a person's motivation, will and self-esteem. Depression can affect every facet of a person's well-being and cause a patient to lose their quality of life. Symptoms can be severe enough to include suicidal tendencies. Although it can be debilitating, depression is treatable.

Other potentially serious psychiatric disorders that can cause disability include bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia.

At Share Lawyers we have extensive experience in handling cases involving individuals who have been diagnosed with Psychiatric Disorders and Depression. We understand the patience and compassion that is needed to handle such a case, together with the need for sound legal advice. When you are suffering from these symptoms you are not at your best, and need the steady, compassionate advice of experienced lawyers to assist you in navigating your way to fair and equitable resolution of your psychiatric disorder disability insurance claim.

We would encourage you to contact us to consult further about your claim, to see if we can be of assistance to you and your family.

There are time limits to all insurance disputes and any delay in proceeding may be subject to a deadline. You should not delay in proceeding with your claim or obtaining legal advice to clarify these deadlines.

Facts & Figures - Depression

Depression is a mental disorder involving pervasive low mood, low self-esteem, and the loss of interest in pleasurable activities. This group of symptoms may be collectively referred to as major depressive disorder.

Major depressive disorder is one of the many mood disorders. Sometimes the term “depression” is used to refer to other similar or related mood disorders, or even all of them collectively. Symptoms of the disorder may include lack of appetite, weight loss, insomnia, lethargy, delusions, and preoccupation with death. Symptoms manifest differently in individuals; some may overeat and gain weight, or oversleep. When untreated psychologically and / or medically, the disorder can have devastating effects on an individual’s general health, eating and sleeping habits, work, social life, and more.

Fact: 80% of depressed people are not currently receiving any treatment.

Fact: 15% of the population of most developed countries suffer with severe depression.

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