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Not all physical disabilities are visible disabilities

Depression, lupus, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease and diabetes, amongst many other varying conditions, all have one thing in common; they are not visible to others. People dealing with conditions such as these look like everyone else. They look like they should be capable of performing any task required of them.

Depression may qualify you for disability benefits in Ohio

It is fairly well understood that depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental "illnesses" among the population of the United States. For example, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, as of 2012 almost 7 percent of adults in the U.S. had experienced a major depressive episode within the previous year. This means that, on average, seven out of every 100 residents of Ohio have had a problem with depression. Further, dealing with depression can be debilitating. The World Health Organization estimates that over 8 percent of U.S. "years lived with disability" are caused by depression, making it the single largest cause of disability among mental or behavioral disorders.

Ohio Social security disability claims rise since 2008

The year 2008 is generally considered to mark the beginning of the most recent economic recession to hit the United States. During the intervening years, many people in Ohio and around the nation lost their jobs, especially those in the manufacturing field. So, it is not a surprise that applications for government benefits are up; however, the rate at which they have grown in Ohio may be.

Who issues the final decision on an SSD appeal?

Some applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are denied at the first step of the process. Further, requests for reconsideration are denied in even larger numbers. After that, cases normally proceed to an SSDI hearing before an administrative law judge. While the chances of being approved in such a hearing are much better, they are not 100 percent. So, what happens if you are denied again after a hearing?

How are earnings reported with regard to SSI?

Supplemental Security Income, as we have touched on in the past, is a program meant for people who are disabled but have not worked enough - and therefore paid enough into the Social Security system - to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. As these programs are meant as a safety net for disabled individuals, one of the factors in whether one qualifies for benefits, and the size of those benefits, is whether that person earns any income, and how much. Therefore, those attempting to gain or continue receiving SSI benefits must report their earnings to the Social Security Administration.

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