Mood disorders affect millions of people in the U.S. Many people are able to seek treatment and manage their symptoms in such a way that allows them to continue working and take care of themselves. Unfortunately, there are some severe cases where people are so affected by the various degrees of disability caused by their condition that they cannot do these things.
Struggling with a disabling illness or injury can prove to be a life-changing situation. People can experience enormous levels of stress, frustration and fear, whether a condition gets worse over time or comes on suddenly as a result of an accident or other event.
We have often explored the challenges that people with a mental illness or disability face when it comes to securing benefits from programs like Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income. These are crucial resources for people who are unable to work due to a qualifying mental condition or disorder.
Last month, we wrote a blog post discussing how technological advancements are working to help people suffering from Parkinson's disease. In that post, which can be found here, we explored some of the new possibilities and opportunities that are being developed to help prevent or identify physical or psychological conditions in an effort to improve treatment and care.
It can hardly be argued that the Social Security Act passed nearly 80 years ago is legislation virtually unrivaled for its vision and sheer sweep.
It is likely that readers of this blog know someone who has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. While autism in and of itself can result in symptoms that make it difficult for those who have it to function in society, a recent study indicates there are other things these individuals need to be concerned with. The study determined adults living with autism have a greater chance of being diagnosed with certain medical conditions.
One year ago, people all across Atlanta watched or read the news that two bombs exploded on the route where thousands of people from around the world were running in the Boston Marathon. The event was undoubtedly tragic and hundreds of people were seriously injured.
Suffering from a mental disability is not always as easy to define as physical disabilities and conditions. Unlike a physical limitation, mental conditions can be difficult to test for, diagnose and treat. But just like physical disabilities, mental disabilities can similarly prevent a person from working and earning a living. Therefore, people who are struggling with these conditions may be eligible to receive assistance in the form of Social Security Disability benefits.
In 1984, Congress passed some changes to the Social Security disability program’s list of conditions that could potentially qualify sufferers for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits. This resulted in the addition of a variety of qualifying mental conditions, with their symptoms carefully weighted with medical and functional factors before claims were allowed.
When people think about the types of disabilities that make it impossible for someone to work it is likely that physical disabilities are the first to come to mind. The reality, however, is that there are many individuals throughout the Atlanta area who are unable to keep a job due to mental disabilities.