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What Are Common Mental Health Conditions for Social Security Benefits?

Millions of Americans suffer from mental health conditions. These conditions may include major depressive disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorders – just to name a few examples. In some cases, a mental health condition can significantly impair your daily life. Although you can collect Social Security benefits for physical conditions, it may be more difficult to collect benefits for a mental health disorder. Some claim examiners may not understand why these conditions are debilitating. Fortunately, it is not impossible to get Social Security disability benefits for mental health conditions. Conditions that may be eligible for benefits include: Autism spectrum disorders: Individuals with autism spectrum disorders have an impaired ability to communicate with others. Conditions like Asperger’s syndrome may fall within this category of spectrum disorders. Clinical depression: It may be possible to receive benefits for major clinical depression. Individuals with this disorder may have a difficult time meeting…
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How Long Do I Have to Wait for a Disability Appeal Hearing?

The wait times for a disability appeal hearing has become a serious issue. Per a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the wait times for disability appeal hearings are longer than they have ever been, reaching a record high average of 596 days recently. Why Is the Wait Time for Disability Appeal Hearings So Long? In 2012, the average wait time for a disability appeal hearing was 353 days. That was already a long time to have to wait to get a hearing. Now people with disabilities and their families have to wait nearly 600 days for a hearing. In addition, there is a backlog of 1.1 million disability cases that are pending an appeal hearing. That is up from a backlog of 700,000 pending cases in 2010. According to the San Francisco Chronicle article, the Social Security Administration believes that the backlog and wait time increases are due to…
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Could My Disability Prevent Me from Going Back to Work in the Future?

Is a drilling contractor in Oklahoma stopping people with disabilities from going back to work? According to Tulsa World, an Oklahoma drilling company is facing allegations that it discriminated against job applicants who had previously filed disability claims. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought the allegations against the drilling contractor, claiming that the company violated disability and age discrimination laws. Reportedly, the violations took place during the hiring process. The drilling company is accused of infractions such as making notes on potential employees’ applications regarding their previous workers’ compensation claims, disabilities, age and family medical history. Can I Go Back to Work After I’ve Collected Disability Benefits? In most cases, people with disabilities are not able to work due to their disability. Even for those who are legitimately disabled, it can be difficult to prove that their disability is preventing them from holding any type of job. That is…
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