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St. Louis Social Security Disability Law Blog

Mental illnesses that could qualify you for disability benefits

A psychological condition could leave you in serious trouble at work if it starts to affect your ability to perform your job tasks. There have been many workers who lost their jobs because of various psychological conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other conditions.

Fortunately, those who are suffering from many types of psychological conditions can pursue Social Security Disability benefits. Below is a list of psychological conditions that could qualify someone to receive disability:

  • Organic mental disorders like dementia, delirium and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, paranoia and other disorders.
  • Affective and mood disorders like bipolar syndrome, depression and others.
  • Cognitive deficiencies.
  • Anxiety-related conditions like panic attacks and other conditions.
  • Somatoform disorders that make the victim believe that he or she is ill or injured.
  • Personality disorders like deviant inner experience, obsessive-compulsive disorder or passive aggressive disorder.
  • Substance addictions like addictions to substances, alcohol or drugs.
  • Autistism and other mental disabilities.

Can those with chronic illnesses lose their disability benefits?

A 22-year-old Florida woman with debilitating cystic fibrosis recently found out that her Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits have been terminated. Her Medicaid benefits that cover $100,000 in medical bills each year were also taken away from her. If you're thinking that this is an isolated incident, then you're mistaken. Countless SSDI recipients lose their benefits every year under questionable circumstances.

In the aforementioned case, the woman had her SSDI and Medicaid benefits removed from her because the Social Security Administration (SSA) had apparently reviewed her case and found that her health had gotten better. In the letter she received from them, they relayed that she was capable of working.

Common conditions that usually qualify for disability coverage

Like most residents of St. Louis, you work hard for the life you have. Still, few things can stop you in your tracks faster than a serious injury or illness. If you have developed a medical condition, you may not be able to work and provide for your family. Fortunately, you may qualify for disability payments under the federal Social Security system. 

Whether you meet the requirements for Social Security disability benefits likely depends on a complex legal analysis. Nonetheless, if you have a listed condition, it may be easier for you to prove you qualify. If you can provide documentation about your injury or illness, you may meet the minimum requirements for receiving disability payments. 

How schizophrenia can affect an individual's ability to function

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition that can affect a person's ability to live independently or work depending on how severe their disease is. Those with mild schizophrenia may seem normal on the surface and only display their adverse mannerisms or behaviors when someone engages them socially. Symptoms may be worse for those the more serious that their condition is. They may be so bad that it's impossible for them to work.

Individuals in St. Louis with a mild form of the disease can often regulate their condition with counseling and medication. Even when subjected to close scrutiny during healthy times, though, they may exhibit some undesirable traits. Prospective Missouri employers who make special accommodations for lower functioning individuals such as schizophrenics make it possible for them to hold down a job and live independently.

Do people die waiting to receive Social Security Disability?

If you ask anyone who has applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits what the application process is like, they might tell you that their initial request was denied. They may even tell you that this happened twice and even that the amount of time that they had to wait between applying and receiving a response took as long as a year. Some even die while waiting for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make a decision.

According to the SSA, there are currently over 800,000 Missouri residents and others from across the United States that are waiting to hear back on their appeals. During 2017, 10,002 applicants died while waiting for a decision about whether they qualified to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. This marked an increase of 1,003 over the previous year.

What is degenerative arthritis and who is likely to get it?

If you were asked to list off conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers to be disabilities, then you'd likely include rare diseases or catastrophic injuries. The truth, however, is that even common conditions such as osteoarthritis (also called "degenerative arthritis") are included on the SSA's list of disabling conditions. Mayo Clinic data shows that several million people have this condition worldwide.

Individuals who suffer from osteoarthritis generally experience the most discomfort in their hips, hands, spine and knees. Patients can actually feel pain in any part of their body as the protective cartilage found on the tips of their bones diminishes across time.

Voters showed their support for Social Security in November

If there's one thing that we should keep in mind about November's mid-term election, it's that voters from both parties seem to want to see Medicare, Social Security (SS) and Medicaid hang around for many years to come.

A spokesperson for Freedom Works, a conservative nonprofit group, notes that before the election, many Republicans in Missouri and across other states had campaigned on the promise of cutting spending on these social programs. Many of them said that they wanted to do so in order to whittle away at the federal debt.

What happens if you do not follow the doctor's orders?

Before filing a Social Security claim for a disability, you will first need to undergo a comprehensive medical exam. From there, the doctor will write a recommendation as to whether you can no longer work. While most people think the Social Security Administration has to abide by whatever the doctor says, that is not always necessarily the case. 

Qualifying for Social Security benefits is a long and arduous process. There is still much you need to do. One of the most vital steps in this process involves following the doctor's orders exactly as prescribed. Failing to do so can compromise your case, and you could lose out on essential benefits. 

How are panic attacks and disorders different from one another?

Some of life's most difficult stressful transitions happen when we head off to college, start our first job or retire, get married or divorced or have our first child. The reason why these stages in our lives tend to be stressful is because they're when we transition into the unknown. Unless addressed, our anxious feeling can worsen causing a panic attack.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), most individuals only suffer from a panic attack at most twice during their lifetime. Those who find themselves constantly worrying about having one or who have one each month may be diagnosed with a panic disorder. APA data shows that one in every 75 people are diagnosed with this condition.

Are you suffering from one of these disabling conditions?

Did you know that you have a 33 percent chance of becoming disabled before you reach retirement age? Your disability might be temporary or permanent and may be due to an injury or illness. Here are the most common reasons why workers in St. Louis and other areas of the country could become disabled:

Arthritis: Arthritis is a potentially disabling condition that could leave an individual unable to walk, unable use a computer and in constant and severe pain.