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More American workers diagnosed with mood disorders

Under the social security administration's definition, there is a wide array of conditions of varying degrees currently listed as qualifying as mood disorders. In recent years, the number of individuals across the country and in states like Pennsylvania who are diagnosed as suffering from some sort of mood disorder that receive disability benefits has grown significantly.

According to a 2011 annual report recently released by the Social Security Administration, more than 8.5 million American workers collected social security disability benefits. Of these, an estimated 1.3 million qualified for benefits as a result of a diagnosed mood disorder.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of SSDI beneficiaries diagnosed with mood disorders. When looking at the states in which claimants live, however, there is a great variance among the number of individuals diagnosed as suffering from mood disorders. For example, roughly 33 percent of SSDI claimants in Puerto Rico are classified as having mood disorders. This is compared to only 9 percent of SSDI claimants in North Dakota.

While there may be several reasons for the disparities amongst states, the overall growth of SSDI claimants classified as having mood disorders is likely attributable to better overall diagnosis of related conditions.

In order to qualify as having a mood disorder, SSDI beneficiaries must meet several qualifications. While different types of mood disorders vary greatly in their severity and persistence, there are several commonalities. Symptoms commonly experienced by those with mood disorders include loss of interest in most activities, decreased energy and stamina, change in weight, disordered thinking, and feelings of guilt.

Individuals who believe they may suffer from some sort of mood disorder should see their medical professional. If it's determined that a condition interferes with an individual's ability to perform work-related duties, they may qualify for SSDI benefits.

Source: CNS News, "1.3 Million Got Disability for 'Mood Disorders' - Including 33% of Beneficiaries in Puerto Rico," Terence P. Jeffrey, Aug. 24, 2012

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