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August 2013 Archives

Disability rights: part of a broader civil rights struggle

In this blog we often look at specific physical or mental conditions that can make someone eligible for Social Security disability (SSD) insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Last week, for example, we wrote about Down syndrome.

Down syndrome: scientific advances could prevent disability

It's been quite some time since we last wrote about Down syndrome. As we discussed in our December 12 post last year, adults whose disability due to this syndrome began before a certain age may be eligible for Social Security disability income (SSDI).

Mental health conditions: seeking to overcome the stigma

The Social Security disability system has long recognized certain types of mental health conditions as potentially disabling. But as we discussed in our April 10 post, the Western medical worldview has historically been much more willing to recognize physical illnesses than mental ones.

Psychiatrists turn to rave drug to help the severely depressed

It is highly likely that most people in Farmington Hills know someone with depression or have depression themselves. Depression is incredibly common, and for many people is manageable. For those with the most severe cases, however, depression can inhibit an individual's ability to work, making him or her reliant upon Social Security disability insurance benefits. Having a disability like severe depression, however, does not mean someone will automatically receive disability benefits. Rather, many people work with a disability benefits lawyer to go through the complex process of applying and receiving benefits.

Disability claims backlog for veterans: an update

It's been several months now since the Veterans Administration (VA) announced it was authorizing overtime to finally make headway on clearing the huge backlog of disability claims by veterans. As we discussed in our May 17 post, the VA has already committed itself to working more closely with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to coordinate efforts and expedite disability claims by injured vets.

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