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Common misconceptions about SSD benefits for mental conditions

California residents, like most of their counterparts across the country, work hard and take pride in the work they do. Providing for oneself and remaining independent through gainful employment is an empowering feeling, and when a disabling condition or injury makes it impossible to keep working these same hard workers find it difficult to ask anyone for help. This is where the security net in the form of Social Security Disability benefits can play an important role to keep their head above water.

There are, however, many misconceptions about SSD benefits that might prevent people from seeking them. Unfortunately, it is perceived as a social welfare program, which it is not. It's a social insurance program through which the benefits are only paid out to people who have paid into it. Recipients must have worked a certain type of job for a certain period of time in order to qualify to receive SSD benefits. It can be said that the program exists for this very eventuality-when someone injures themselves and can no longer work, their own contributions can help them.

The type of injuries or conditions SSD benefits are commonly received for are under fire as well. Where, in 1996, only 20.6 percent of SSD benefits were received by people with musculoskeletal disorders, such as back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome, in 2016 the share had increased to 32.3 percent. Currently, most recipients are receiving benefits for either a mental illness or a musculoskeletal diagnosis. Since these conditions are hard to diagnose and many perceive the diagnoses as subjective, it is considered contentious to receive SSD benefits for them.

What many people do not realize is that qualifying for SSD benefits is a very complicated and comprehensive process, with the SSA requiring detailed medical histories and reports to make a diagnosis. Misconceptions such as those mentioned above only make people more hesitant to apply for the very benefits they have contributed to and deserve.

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