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Depression Life Insurance

If you suffer from Depression and you need life insurance then you may find it difficult to get it at the right price, or you might simply want to speak to someone that understands your needs. In this section, we look at how easy it can be to get life insurance for people who suffer from Depression, and how the process works.

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How it works

Underwriting for life insurance with Depression will depend on a number of key factors, such as:

  • Age at diagnosis
  • Any event relating to diagnosis
  • Most recent attack / episode
  • Any instances of self-harm
  • Suicidal attempts
  • Medication / Treatment / Counselling

The Insurance Surgery has a vast amount of experience in working with people who suffer from Mental Health problems and we work with a number of major mental health charities, such as Mind and Rethink.

Case Study 1

  • Cover: Joint
  • Client One: Male
  • Age: 66
  • Smoker Status: Non-Smoker
  • Condition: Depression
  • Other Conditions: Raised Cholesterol and Acid Reflux
  • Diagnosis Date: Depression - 2006
  • Client Two: Female
  • Age: 54
  • Smoker Status: Non-Smoker
  • Condition: Osteoarthritis
  • Other Conditions: Asthma and Acid Reflux
  • Diagnosis Date: Osteoarthritis - 2015
  • Cover Date: March 2016
  • Product Type: Decreasing Term Assurance - Mortgage Protection
  • Cover Amount: £35,000
  • Cover Term: 8 years
  • Premium: £25.28

Case Study 2

  • Client: Female
  • Age: 30
  • Smoker Status: Smoker
  • Condition: Depression
  • Diagnosis Date: April 2001
  • Cover Date: May 2015
  • Products: Multiple Policies
  • Product One: Level Term Assurance - Family Protection
  • Cover Amount: £180,000
  • Cover Term: 10 years
  • Premium: £20.77
  • Product Two: Level Term Assurance with Critical Illness Cover - Family Protection
  • Cover Amount: £70,000
  • Cover Term: 10 years
  • Premium: £26.37
  • Combined Premium: £47.14

Case Study 3

  • Client: Male
  • Age: 57
  • Smoker Status: Smoker
  • Condition: Depression
  • Other Conditions: Anxiety
  • Diagnosis Date: February 2003
  • Cover Date: October 2015
  • Product Type: Decreasing Term Assurance - Mortgage Protection
  • Cover Amount: £91,000
  • Cover Term: 7 years
  • Premium: £56.42

Most Common Questions

Life Insurance for Depression will depend on the severity of the condition, your current treatment / medication and any hospitalisation or suicidal attempts. Insurers underwriting can vary dramatically for Mental Health so it is important that we apply to the best company for your circumstances and ensure that we have all the information that we need. In some cases, it may be possible to get Life Insurance for Depression with no loadings if well controlled with no recent attacks / episodes.
Some insurance providers are stricter than others when it comes to Mental Health and Life Insurance which can mean that you will find decisions can also vary widely. It is important that we approach the best provider for your circumstances and in some more severe cases, we can offer specialist products from our wider panel of insurers that we work with.
Generally, you may be considered for other products such as Critical Illness Cover or Income Protection even if you have a history of Depression. It will depend on the severity of your condition, medication / treatment and any other related issues such as suicidal attempts, alcohol abuse or self-harm.

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Life Insurance for Depression:

In many cases, we find that we are able to obtain Life Insurance for people with a history of Depression, and often with no loadings applied. Generally, for people with Depression, Life Insurance premiums will not be rated if the condition is well controlled and there has been a period without any hospitalisation, treatment or self-harm

If there have been more recent instances of self-harm, suicidal attempts or psychiatric treatment then you may find that a loading is applied. In more severe cases where there have been more than a set number of attempts in recent times, then it may even result in cover from standard insurance providers being declined. Our panel of specialist providers offers cover for people who have been declined cover or cannot find cover elsewhere so we should be able to offer you something.

Critical Illness Cover with Depression:

As we find with Life Insurance underwriting for Depression, decisions can vary significantly from one provider to another, so it is important that we approach the best insurer for you. It is also often the case that we are able to obtain Critical Illness Cover at standard rates with no exclusions if there has been a period of stability with no treatment or symptoms.

In some more severe cases, we can find Critical Illness Cover for Depression can be loaded or cover can even be declined. If you have suffered more recent attacks (e.g. Self-harm, suicidal attempts or alcohol / drug abuse) or you are currently under psychiatric treatment then you may struggle to obtain Critical Illness Cover.

Income Protection for Depression:

The reality for Income Protection and Depression is that it will generally require some underwriting and can either come with a loading on the premium, exclusions relating to mental illness or potentially be declined. If the condition is well controlled and there has been a period of several years since the last episode / any symptoms then you may be offered terms on a standard basis.

Facts about Depression:

Depression is a growing issue in the UK and across the globe, it is now the largest Mental Health disorder in the Western World and numbers keep going up.

Depression stats (UK):

  • 1 in 5 people will suffer from Depression in their lives
  • 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems
  • In 2014 there were 6,122 recorded suicidal attempts (people aged 10+)
  • 615 Million people worldwide suffer from Anxiety or Depression

 

Other types of Mental Health problems:

Mental Health is becoming a big issue in the UK and globally with a growing number of people being diagnosed with a variety of mental health problems. Other types of mental health issues include:

Bipolar:

Bipolar disorder is where a person will experience vast and sometimes uncontrollable mood swings, from low mood to periods of manic moods, with periods of calm (normal mood) in between.

Eating Disorders:

Eating disorders (also known as Bulimia, Anorexia, Binge-Eating Disorder and Emotional Overeating) are usually caused when a person has a difficult relationship with food.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

Became well-known thanks to a number of Hollywood films that document / depict the life of someone with OCD. Many people do believe they suffer from this condition but the reality is that the effects are far more severe than most people experience in daily life. People with OCD can find normal daily life incredibly difficult and unwanted thoughts mean that they are forced to repeat certain routines to be able to perform other tasks.

Personality Disorder:

There are several types of personality disorder such as Paranoid PD, Schizoid PD, Antisocial PD and Obsessive Compulsive PD. Someone with a personality disorder may find themselves with traits and problems that cause regular and / or long term issues that affect how they are able to live their life.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Most common in ex-military individuals where they have experienced extremely traumatic events that cause long lasting damage to their mental state.

Schizophrenia

A mental health condition where a certain part of the brain responsible for sensation and emotion do not work properly which cause hallucinations and delusions.

Useful Links:

Mind Charity: www.mind.org.uk
Rethink: https://www.rethink.org
Mental Health Foundation: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Depression Alliance: www.depressionalliance.org
NHS Choices (Depression): www.nhs.uk/conditions/depression/Pages/Introduction.aspx

The Insurance Surgery is a leading life insurance and travel insurance expert for people living with a pre-existing medical condition such as Depression. We work with a large number of people who suffer from mental health problems and we understand how difficult obtaining life insurance or travel insurance can be. When you want to speak to someone who understands your condition and is sympathetic to your needs, we’re here to help.


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