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Disability for Kids with Depression

One of the more difficult conditions to diagnose, depression is defined as prolonged periods of sadness and low self-esteem.

A child experiencing depression can feel extreme sadness that’s inescapable; a ‘trapped’ feeling that manifests to affect day-to-day living and personal relationships. At such a young age, it can take its toll on the child’s development, especially their ability to focus and retain information at school.

Children with depression may present the following signs or symptoms:

  • Irritable
  • Ongoing feelings of sadness, hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep
  • Vocal outbursts, crying
  • Problems concentrating
  • Fatigue, low energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt
  • Impaired thinking
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression Disability Benefits

Depression is a serious mental illness that must be managed decisively in children, to ensure their development isn’t affected over the long term. While some children can function reasonably well in structured environments, most kids with depression will experience significant changes in social activities, a loss of interest in school or hobbies, poor academic performance, and even a change in appearance.

Depression can be managed through various treatments, including counseling, medicines, and education. These costs can quickly add up for families of children with depression, especially since many treatment plans are long-term commitments.

The Child Disability Benefit and Child Disability Tax Credit are two government programs in Canada that help offset the financial challenges of managing a medical condition or disability like depression. The aforementioned treatments can all be covered, providing relief, peace of mind, and hope for both family and child.

The National Benefit Authority can help you and your child apply for the Child Disability Benefit and Child Disability Tax Credit, and help manage your child’s depression.

With over 100 Benefits Specialists on staff, and 10 years’ experience of working in the DTC industry, we have the knowledge and experience to get your family the maximum monetary refund.

Contact us today to learn how you can claim disability benefits for depression.