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Mental illness is a real illness, not a character flaw in Ohio

There is an old saying that is often passed down in families by oral tradition that says every family has a "crazy" uncle or aunt. These individuals are often singled out for ridicule by being the butt of humorous stories about their eccentricities and odd behavior. While many of these stories are likely apocryphal, the sentiment is the same: mental illness is something to be laughed at and embarrassed about. We now live in the 21st century, an age that has seen the development and advancement of amazing technologies that allow the diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems that were unimagined even 30 years ago. Yet still, within the wider community, the image of mental illness as a character flaw or lack of willpower persists. All too often friends and family urge a person in the throes of depressive disorder to "cheer up" or just "get over it." People with chronic anxiety are told they need to "calm down" or "grow up." Yet, medical science tells us that willpower alone does not cure mental illness. These are physiological conditions that need to be treated as such. And, while many times proper treatments do work to minimize symptoms, it is often the case that the individual will be dealing with the illness for the rest of his or her life.

Over-payments may have added to SSDI's financial woes

As many Ohio residents may be aware, and as this blog has previously touched on, there is growing concern about the solvency of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Because the system has been paying out more than it collects through payroll taxes, there is a possibility that there will be a shortfall in funding in the near future. This would mean that many people who rely on the disability payments to make ends meet because of an illness or injury that prevents them from working might be facing cuts in the amount of their benefits. Now, to add to the problem, a watchdog group claims that the Social Security Administration (SSA) may have made nearly $17 billion in over-payments over a 10 year period.

What are the stats on SSDI hearings in Columbus, Ohio?

Having one's Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) case denied can be stressful, to say the least. You may already be in physical pain, and now you have to deal with the red tape and delay of a reconsideration request and then an appeal. While it won't help your physical condition, knowing what to expect going into the appeals process may help ease your mind, even if that information may not be what you had hoped for in terms of speed. With this in mind, let's take a look at the statistics on hearings in front of Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in the city of Columbus, Ohio.

Can disabled children qualify for SSI in Ohio?

The focus of this blog has generally been on adults who have a disability that makes it difficult or impossible for them to work. It has also tended to focus on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), rather than Supplemental Security Income (SSI), for the simple reason that the pool of candidates who qualify for SSDI is much larger. However, what about children who are disabled? After all, they may not have a work history, and may well be supported by their parents. Luckily, there is a way that children can qualify for Supplemental Security Income.

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