The criteria for receiving supplemental security income is interesting in that the very factors that make a person eligible to receive them also make that same person more likely to need long term care in a nursing home facility that they may or may not be able to afford. Many people who receive SSI disability benefits will find themselves in a nursing home at some point or another in their lives and it is important to understand how that will affect their SSI benefits.
Many believe that an impairment must have some physical manifestation that is visible to others. Without seeing it with our own eyes, we often do not believe that someone is suffering and suffering to such an extent that they are unable to deal with the basic demands of everyday life. However, this is what happens to people suffering from severe mental illnesses-they are unable to cope with many aspects of daily life and are unable to hold down a job. One example of such a condition was discussed in a recent previous post.
People often get stressed out or anxious about various things, but using certain coping mechanisms, or going through counseling and getting medication often alleviates their feelings. However, for many California residents, that is not the end of the story-rather than simply getting over their feelings of anxiety, they suffer from severe panic attacks.
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, one must first prove that you have a disabling condition that prohibits you from maintaining gainful employment, and that the condition is expected to last at least a year or end in death. There are several ways to prove that you are disabled, although it is not always easy.
Even though Anaheim residents probably know they can receive disability benefits for both physical and mental illnesses, the reality is that qualifying for social security disability benefits for a mental condition is often harder. This is because the people who are examining the claim are not qualified in the medical field and cannot fully grasp the full scope of a mental illness. When it comes to certain conditions, due to their cyclical nature, it can be difficult to understand the limitations it imposes. Bipolar disorder is one such condition.
Twenty-first century society provides plenty of opportunities for anxiety. Whether due to the general state of the world, or various personal issues that crop up every day that are difficult to deal with, anybody can have times of anxiousness or fear. However, for some people with certain medical conditions, these times can become completely overwhelming and debilitating. For these individuals, panic attacks are not something to "get over," but rather a genuine illness that may require medication and other treatment. It may even prevent them from working.
Many people in Anaheim have heard of the illness schizophrenia, but they may only be familiar with how it is portrayed on television or in the movies. In fact, schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that can be very disabling. In general, a person will begin exhibiting symptoms of this disorder between the ages of 16 and 30. There are three main categories of schizophrenia symptoms. Some are cognitive, some are positive, and some are negative.
Millions of Americans, including many here in Anaheim, suffer from certain maladies that are not as easy to identify as physical ailments. Yet, these mental conditions can be equally debilitating. If you suffer from a mental illness that prevents you from working, you may be able to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
No matter what disability you live with, the circumstances are understandably brutal. No one would want to live with difficult circumstances such as paralysis, the loss of limbs, or piercing chronic back pain that makes manual labor impossible. As bad as physical disabilities are, mental disabilities are just as nightmarish. They are often hard to articulate and diagnose. Sometimes, they are cyclical or their symptoms aren't apparent at a certain point in time. This can make things very difficult for the Social Security Administration when they are trying to evaluate your application on the basis of a mental condition.