Are you a veteran that suffers from depression? Depression among veterans is very common. Some veterans receive VA Disability Benefits for depression. If your depression is service-connected, talk to a depression Veterans Benefits lawyer at Woods & Woods for free. Find out if you’re eligible and explore your legal options at no cost to you! For help, please call (866) 232-5777 or fill out the contact form.
There is help available for veterans with depression.
Depression is one of the most common mental condtions for veterans.
Compensation is available from the Veterans Administration (VA) for veterans that suffer from depression. Veterans suffer from depression at a greater rate than the general population due to the experiences they received in the military. Veterans become depressed for a variety of reasons like loss of a friend or loss of a family member. Depression can be caused by traumatic events like combat, a serious injury, or natural disaster. Major depression in veterans is often associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many male and female veterans experience depression after military sexual trauma. Veterans with health problems, veterans with anxiety, Veterans that suffer from chronic pain syndrome, and disabilities often suffer from depression.
Many veterans have employment problems from depression.
Everyone has occasional feelings of sadness or a bad day, but these feelings normally pass. Depression among veterans is different. When veterans are depressed for an extended period of time they experience a loss of energy, relationship problems and have difficulty managing daily tasks. Veterans with severe depression often cannot work. VA Benefits are available for veterans with depression so severe they can’t work. Veterans that can’t work from service-connected disabilities may be eligible for Total Disability Individual Unemployability benefits.
Statistics and studies show depression among veterans is common.
The National Alliance on Mental Health states that from 2000 to 2007 the medical records of more than 206,000 veterans entering the Veterans Administration health system were assessed. Findings reveal that one-in-three veterans were diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder. 41% of the surveyed veterans were diagnosed with either a mental health or a behavioral adjustment disorder. The diagnosis rate for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans was 20% followed by 14% for depression, yet several studies show that depression is under-diagnosed in the veteran population.
According to the VA’s national registry for depression, 11% of veterans aged 65 or older have a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, a rate more than twice that found in the general population of adults 65 and older. The actual rate of depression among veterans may be even higher, since not all veterans with depression receive a diagnosis from their health care provider.
Depression among veterans is linked to other conditions.
Older veterans often receive medical treatment from primary care providers where depression is overlooked and undiagnosed. Depression in elder veterans is common and secondary to chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, all leading to increased suicidal risk for veterans. Medical conditions like heart attack, stroke or diabetes effects blood flow to the brain causing many older veterans to develop depression.
Do not forget that your secondary service-connected disabilities are also eligible for VA disability benefits.
Anti-depression medication usage is common for veterans. Getting a veteran re-engaged in meaningful activities, spending time with friends and loved ones, volunteering and being part of the community helps veterans overcome depression. Veterans like to solve their own problems – use of anti-depression medication can help veterans with depression get out of the dark place in their lives.
VA Disability Benefits are available to veterans with depression.
VA Disability for a veteran suffering from depression can also help ease the veteran’s depression. Veterans with severe depression cannot work and have financial worries that lead to anxiety. When a veteran starts to receive VA Disability for depression, some financial burdens are lifted. VA Disability for depression can get the veteran back outside to shop and socialize. Receiving VA Disability for depression can help get the veterans life back.
We help veterans get VA Disability for depression.
Woods & Woods Veterans Disability Benefits lawyers help veterans with depression get the benefits they deserve. If your depression is related to your military service, talk to us. If your depression is caused by a service-connected impairment, talk to us. Have questions and want them answered for free by a VA Disability lawyer? Give us a call and ask us all the questions you have.
Were you previously denied VA Disability Benefits for depression? Talk to a VA Disability appeal lawyer at Woods & Woods for free. Our Veterans Disability lawyers have helped thousands of veterans appeal bad VA decisions.