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Suffering From an Affective Disorder? Disability Benefits May Be the Answer

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When a person experiences continued and severe disturbances in their mood, this may go beyond typical mood swings and instead may be a sign of a serious mental illness. Some of these conditions are referred to as affective disorders. A person is said to suffer from an affective disorder when they experience a disturbance of mood accompanied by a full or partial manic or depressive syndrome. Unfortunately, when affective disorders are severe enough, it can become difficult or impossible for a person to carry out activities of daily living, including working. Social security disability benefits may be available to provide some relief from this financial burden.

What Is an Affective Disorder?

An affective disorder is not one specific disease. Instead, it is a term used to describe a set of psychiatric diseases that can range from mild to severe, with symptoms varying between individuals. Affective disorders are also sometimes referred to as mood disorders. There are three main types of affective disorders, including the following:

  1. Depression. Also known as major depressive disorder, this condition typically causes people to feel extreme sadness and hopelessness. Episodes can last for several days or can continue for weeks or months. If a person’s depression is considered mild, it may be diagnosed as dysthymia.
  2. Bipolar disorder. This condition results in people experiencing periods of depression followed by periods of mania. Mania occurs when you feel extremely positive and active. Unfortunately, mania is not always good. Instead, it can make you feel irritable, aggressive, impulsive, and even delusional. Bipolar disorders can be further broken down into different classes of the disease according to the severity of the depression and mania as well as how often the swing between the two moods occurs.
  3. Anxiety disorders. Like bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders come in many different forms. These include social anxiety, caused by social situations, post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by a traumatic event, generalized anxiety disorder, which does not have one particular cause, panic disorder, caused by panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, caused by obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions. Regardless of the form, however, all anxiety disorders are accompanied by feelings of nervousness, anxiety, and fear.

If you suffer from an affective disorder, disability benefits can provide you the financial relief you need in order to be able to focus on recovery. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.

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