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What is a 'Medically Determinable Impairment' for SSD in Ohio?

This blog has previously discussed some basics of applying for Social Security Disability benefits, including such terms as "Substantial Gainful Activity." The importance of understanding such terms is due to the fact that they are part of the legal definition of disability that is used by the Social Security Administration to determine eligibility for benefits both in Ohio, and nationally.

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.

Can veterans suffering from PTSD receive SSD benefits?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, has been a growing category of diagnosis since the turn of the century. The group that may be at most risk for such a diagnosis are the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan not only caused many members of the military terrible physical wounds, but also left a mark psychologically on so many.

Can people that aren't medicated for a mental disability get SSD?

Here in Ohio, and across the nation, it seems that instances of mental difficulties such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks are rising. Whether this is the result of changes in society, more widely disseminated information, better diagnosis or expanded definitions is anyone's guess. While many people are able to function more or less normally with such conditions, sometimes they are severe enough to impact both one's home and work life.

Can't work due to extreme anxiety or depression? Don't despair!

Most Ohio residents are aware that people with physical impairments that interfere with their daily lives may be eligible for disability insurance benefits from the government. While missing limbs or chronic physical pain may be obvious manifestations of disability, there are other, more insidious health issues that can be just as devastating. As a society, we have a history of downplaying the causes and effects of mental illness as signs of weakness and there is often a social stigma attached to those who suffer from it. However, there are those who recognize that if you have a significant mental health issue, you may need financial help due to your inability to work.

What makes you 'disabled' for a mental condition?

Previously on this blog, we have discussed the concept of "residual functional capacity," and how that may affect your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. This week, we are going to take a very brief look at how functional capacity might apply to an application submitted by someone with a psychological disability.

Mental conditions create more complications in applying for SSDI

The federal Social Security Administration (SSA) has some resources available to help you understand the system and apply for benefits. They can help you with forms and give you basic information about what kind of evidence to collect. While this may be enough for certain claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, Ohio residents should be aware that more complex claims may require the aid of a legal professional.

What does RFC stand for in a Social Security Disability claim?

Residents of Ohio may be aware that individuals who have a disability that affects their ability to work may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. This safety net is for those individuals who are unfortunate enough to have been injured or become ill and who can no longer make enough to support themselves. What is a bit less widely known, however, is that someone may also qualify for Social Security Disability due to a mental health issues.

How does the SSA evaluate SSD claims for mental health issues?

Social Security Disability Insurance is meant to provide a "safety net" for individuals who can no longer work due to some ailment they have acquired. These ailments are often of a physical nature in the sense that it is a problem with some portion of the body not functioning as well as it should, and preventing labor from being performed. Sometimes, the part of the body that is not functioning correctly is the brain. While this space has previously touched on the difference between SSD and Supplemental Security Income, in this installment we will take a very brief look at how the Social Security Administration looks at applications for SSD based upon a mental condition.

Finding may help unlock questions surrounding schizophrenia

Few people can imagine what it would be like to have their lives be turned upside down essentially overnight. However, the sudden onset of an illness or catastrophic injury can do this. As a result, people and their loved ones are forced to make life adjustments at a moment's notice.

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