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9/11 Depression: Affecting September 11th Survivors 

September 11th was a tragic event that will always linger on the hearts and minds of survivors. While 9/11 caused many physical injuries, survivors also carry mental and emotional damage to this day. Many first responders, rescue workers, residents, and community members suffered mental distress after 9/11, including depression. 

If you or a loved one suffers from depression related to September 11th, commonly called 9/11 depression, you do not have to suffer alone. An experienced 9/11 benefits lawyer from Pitta & Baione can discuss your eligibility for benefits under the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) or Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for depression.

September 11th Survivors and Increased Risk of Depression 

The risk of depression increases when people have been through major life changes, as stressful and traumatic events. September 11th was certainly an impactful tragedy and many survivors experience depression after living through this event. The risk of depression also increases for people who take certain medications or suffer from other illnesses. With many illnesses and injuries being related to exposure from 9/11, the illnesses themselves as well as medications necessary to treat those illnesses also increase the risk of depression due to side effects and comorbidities.

9/11 Depression Signs in Survivors

There are several signs and symptoms of 9/11 depression. Not all who suffer from depression will experience the same symptoms, so working with a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment is important for battling depression. Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or anxiety
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability 
  • Changes in appetite 
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

Treatment for 9/11 Depression

There are a variety of treatments for 9/11 depression, and each individual’s treatment plan will be customized to each patient and adjusted as necessary. Common treatments include: 

  • Antidepressant medication
  • Psychotherapy, or counseling
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Brain stimulation therapy, such as electroconvulsive therapy or nerve stimulation therapy

Other treatments for depression also include adjusting diet and engaging in activities and exercise.

Contact a September 11th Attorney to Discuss Your Eligibility for Benefits

If you or a loved one suffer from depression related to exposure from September 11th, contact a 9/11 depression lawyer at Pitta & Baione by completing our online contact form or calling us at 844-982-2667 to discuss your eligibility for benefits.


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