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SSA clears California 'adult baby' of disability fraud

In May, we wrote about the California man who had been recently featured on the National Geographic Channel's "Taboo" program for his 'adult baby' lifestyle. In the show, the 30-year-old man is shown wearing diapers, being fed from a bottle, and sleeping in a crib. According to the man, who receives Supplemental Security Income benefits, he cannot maintain employment because of physical ailments and mental issues dating back to abuse he suffered as a child.

Smartphone app walks applicants through SSD process

If you are thinking about filing for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, to say that the process is daunting would be a huge understatement. The paperwork is complicated, the requirements are confusing, and the waiting period is long. If you need help wading through the process, it may be a good idea for you to find an experienced Social Security Disability attorney for advice and assistance. Should you decide to go it alone, however, there is another place that you can go to find answers to your questions: your smartphone.

Disabled adults held captive for SSD checks

Three people have been charged with kidnapping, assault, and several other crimes for allegedly holding four mentally disabled adults captive in a dirty basement for several years. Federal investigators believe that the imprisonment was part of a larger scheme to collect and cash in on the victims' Social Security Disability checks.

SSD recipients to receive three percent cost of living increase

For the first time since automatic cost of living adjustments (COLA) were instituted in 1975, recipients of Social Security and Social Security Disability received no COLA increases to their benefits in both 2010 and 2011. The stagnancy was blamed on the economy and the low inflation of rate due to the economic recession.

Worker's compensation and Social Security Disability

If you are injured or become disabled as a result of a work-related accident, you may be able to receive worker's compensation benefits to account for your injury and the time that you will need to take off of work to recover and recuperate. In addition, you may also qualify for Social Security Disability benefits during the time that you are unable to work.

Congress asks SSA to investigate alleged SSD slowdown

Last month, we discussed a report in the Wall Street Journal that accused Social Security Administration employees and judges of intentionally slowing their work on Social Security Disability cases in order to increase their productivity in the new fiscal year. Following that report, several members of Congress have asked the SSA's inspector general to investigate whether those allegations were actually true.

National Depression Screening Day, part two

Yesterday, we noted the availability of free and confidential screenings for depression and similar mental health ailments on National Depression Screening Day. Although that day has passed, it does not mean that people who believe that they may be suffering from depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder should not seek a diagnosis and treatment.

National Depression Screening Day, part one

If you suspected that you were suffering from a physical ailment, such as diabetes, pneumonia, or a broken bone, you would most likely take immediate steps to get your health checked out and the issue taken care of. For some reason, that is usually not the case for anxiety, depression, or other mental health ailment disorders. Although the stigma surrounding these diseases has lessened, many still hesitate or refuse to take the necessary steps to be diagnosed with and treated for mental health disorders.

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