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    Esther Rantzen

    Failure to diagnose clinical depression


    Depression is something we have all heard of. Many of us might say we feel depressed from time to time. However, proper clinical depression is very different from feeling as if we’re just a little low. Unfortunately, while some people believe there is no such thing as depression, this is far from the case. Someone who is clinically depressed needs a proper diagnosis and treatment in order to get better, just as someone who has a physical illness would need the same.

    This condition can also cause a wide range of symptoms – some of which you would not readily associate with this condition. For example, it causes various psychological symptoms such as a low mood and low self-esteem. However there are all kinds of physical symptoms as well. These include aches and pains, disturbed sleep and weight changes. These cannot readily be put down to other causes and while some people will experience some of the symptoms not everyone experiences them all.

    Socially, you will also want to hide yourself away, perhaps not getting in touch with friends and family as you used to. Sometimes people won’t even realise they are depressed until someone else asks them how they are and points it out.

    Would clinical depression change the way you live your life if it is not diagnosed?

    Clinical depression can completely alter the way you feel about your life. It can be experienced as anything from a mild depression to something far more severe that could lead you to want to take your own life. If you feel depressed it is always essential to see your GP as soon as you can. If you receive a proper diagnosis you can get proper treatment as quickly as possible. A failure to diagnose clinical depression can be devastating because it leads the individual to continue suffering instead of seeking treatment to get better.

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    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can provide you with the help and support you need. Our team of professional injury compensation lawyers are familiar with cases such as yours, and they can provide no-obligation advice concerning your particular situation. If you have been involved with a failure to diagnose clinical depression, make sure you get in touch with us as soon as you can to see whether you can try and claim compensation for your experiences. Our free 24/7 enquiry line is here for you when you need to give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.

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    Date Published: August 27, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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