Why Is Depressive Psychosis Considered A Disability?

Why Is Depressive Psychosis Considered A Disability?

August 31, 2022 Off By Glespynorson

Depression is indeed the most common mental illness among the entire population. Depressive psychosis is a condition where an episode of depression comes with a psychosis that is an absolute disconnection from reality. Experts say that individuals suffering from depressive psychosis may experience terrifying conditions like:

  • Psychotic episodes;
  • Major depression with mood swings that have psychotic features;
  • Psychotic depression;
  • A major depression that comes with mood-incongruent with psychotic features.

Severe depression can get serious, and it can make a daily work schedule difficult if not impossible. Experts say there are a few symptoms that can be called depressive psychosis, including:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Hypochondria
  • Insomnia
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Physical immobility
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations

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Psychosis means disconnection from reality, and that is why depressive psychosis  mainly manifests as hallucinations, delusions, blackouts, and escape from reality. Psychosis can include a delusion, often described as false beliefs and false perceptions about reality. Psychosis also commonly includes feelings of paranoia.

A Few Essentials About Diagnosing The Condition 

Diagnosis of psychotic depression can be very difficult. Often people suffering with these symptoms, especially hallucinations, are embarrassed and scared to discuss the condition with others. Diagnosis is important, however, as depression sufferers who have a psychotic episode are increasingly likely to have worsening mental health episodes, including bipolar disorder.

In a world filled with realism and physicality, getting the stance of mental illness diagnosed is quite a big deal. However, you need to know that most of the diagnosis guides categorize psychotic depression as a subset of significant depression and definitely a disorder.

In that regard, you must know that the International Classification of Diseases( ICDs) 11tth edition, gives validation to depressive psychosis as the most severe type of depressive disorder. Unfortunately, due to the difficulties surrounding the condition and related social stigmas, misdiagnosis is quite common. A few other conditions that are commonly misdiagnosed with depressive psychosis  are;

  • Major depression that comes without psychotic features
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Depression not specified
  • Mood swings and disorders

The Time When to See a Doctor

Depression with psychosis is a severe mental condition requiring immediate medical attention. This is because when depression comes with psychosis, the risk of suicide increases significantly.

If you are having these thoughts or know someone suffering from such a condition, speaking with a health care provider immediately is your top priority. Individuals who have depressive psychosis may feel restless or get thoughts of harming themselves. In these situations, it is imperative that the sufferer get immediate medical attention.

Consideration of Disability 

You need to know that depressive psychosis is considered a disability under the Americans with Disability Act ADA. It is considered such because it is a significant mood disorder that disrupts an individual’s daily activity. Essentially depressive psychosis impedes one from carrying out daily activities. Depression psychosis can at times impact people so severely that they are physically and mentally unable to go to work.

While the ADA provides protection for those suffering with depressive psychosis, it does not ensure that everyone who has such an episode meets all of the requirements for SSD benefits for depression. If you or a family member are suffering from depressive psychosis and are unable to work, you may be eligible for federal Social Security benefits.

There is no doubt that clinical depression is one of the most common causes of mental illness. When that depression becomes depressive psychosis it can often be considered a disability.. If you consider filing for a claim, one of the experienced disability attorneys at Chermol & Fishman, LLC  will investigate every aspect of your case and let you know all of your legal options. Don’t hesitate, contact us to schedule your free consultation today.