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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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What Do I Need to Know Before Applying for Disability Benefits?

Applying for disability benefits is a very complex process. To have any hope of securing disabilities benefits, people with disabilities must be fully prepared prior to submitting an application. Social Security benefits applicants who do not have the documents and other information they need to provide ready when they apply for benefits are certain to be denied. What Information Do I Need to Include in My Benefits Application? Per the Social Security Administration’s website, before you apply for Social Security disability benefits, you must have the following documents and information ready: Medications – The names of any medications you are taking and the dosage. Treatment history – This includes the names of any doctors, caseworkers, therapists, clinics and hospitals that have treated your disability, including the dates of your visits. Employment information – You will need to provide information about where you worked and what type of work you did….
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Should Social Security Help Applicants Find Jobs If They Are Denied Disability Benefits?

A recent article in the New Mexico Political Report had praise for the Social Security disability program, claiming that it works. However, the piece posed an interesting idea to make the Social Security disability program even stronger, which is to provide those who are denied disability benefits with assistance finding work. In the article, Social Security’s disability test is said to be one of the strictest in the world. Currently, if the government determines that a person can perform any type of work, they will deny the person’s disability benefits application. Social Security Administration does not have to prove that a person would be able to get a job performing any type of work to deny their application for disability benefits. This results in people who are disabled and have no real shot at finding work having their applications for Social Security benefits turned down. The story in the New…
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Can I Still Live Independently Despite My Disability?

The Norman Transcript recently featured an article on the limited number of programs that can help people with disabilities live independently. The article begins with the story of a woman named Gail Dunsky. She was born with cerebral palsy, had to endure institutionalization and suffered abuse. However, she was able to overcome that to go to college, earn both a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Oklahoma and has been able to live independently in her own apartment most of her life. Living independently did not come without its problems. Due to her cerebral palsy, it took her 30 minutes just to brush her teeth. She often had to rely on help from friends or personal caregivers. A personal caregiver once stole her computer, which cut her off from the outside world for a while. Gail Dunsky died in 2008 at the age of 63. Some credit Dunsky’s ability…
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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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