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  • Is Depression a Disability?

    In many cases, yes, depression can be considered a disability. According to Section 12102(1)(A) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a person can be disabled if they have “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” Under this standard, depression will generally be considered a disability if it substantially affects a person’s daily life. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.

    Common Symptoms of Depression

    Depression symptoms can vary from one person to another but often include:

    • Feeling sad, empty, worthless, guilty, hopeless, anxious, restless, or irritable
    • Being tearful
    • Losing interest in activities once enjoyed
    • Having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
    • Having a reduced appetite or increased food cravings (along with respective weight loss or gain)
    • Thinking, speaking, or moving more slowly
    • Having trouble focusing, making decisions, and remembering things
    • Having recurring thoughts of death

    When someone is in a depressive episode, they typically experience symptoms like these most of the day, almost every day. While some individuals only go through depression once, many people have numerous episodes throughout the course of their lives.

    Offering Help for Individuals With Depression

    If you’ve been diagnosed with depression or you’re experiencing the symptoms described above, we can help. Our therapists are highly experienced in treating depression and can provide you with the customized, compassionate care you deserve. Contact us today to get started—one of our knowledgeable team members will tell you more about our approach to treating depression, answer your questions, and arrange a time for you to attend an initial consultation.