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New study examines treatment for depression

Depression is not the first thing that most people would think of as a disabling condition. However, some individuals are suffering from a depression that is so severe that it makes daily activities possible. They are unable to complete the most basic of tasks, because they cannot escape the feelings of despair that they have.

Left untreated, these conditions can make it impossible for a person to be able to meet the obligations that are often connected to most occupations. Being unable to work, they have trouble getting the income they need to be able to afford the treatment that can help them with their illness. Some of these individuals may apply for Social Security Disability benefits to make ends meet.

One of the issues often facing those with depression is that the illness can be hard for doctors to diagnose. Each person may be experiencing different symptoms, and it can take some time before the condition is discovered. Once diagnosed, doctors then have to prescribe a treatment plan to help manage the illness.

This is not an easy thing to accomplish, because certain medications will cause a different reaction for each person. What is successful in some cases may lead to the condition worsening in others. A new study by the National Institutes of Health is attempting to correct that problem by examining the brain images of patients with depression. The images are alerting physicians to the type of treatment that may be most successful, eliminating some of the trial and error.

These conditions can take time to correct. If the person is unable to work, Social Security Disability benefits may be available. The process of receiving these benefits is somewhat complicated, and individuals may wish to speak to an experienced attorney about the process. An attorney can help clients ensure that their applications are complete.

Source: Medscape, "Neuroimaging may predict best treatment for depression," Megan Brooks, June 17, 2013.

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