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Your awareness can help you to manage your anxiety

Anxiety may be something you have lived with your entire life, or it could be a relatively recent challenge that you have begun to recognize. Anxiety can be caused by traumatic life events, medical issues and even genetics. Its triggers vary from person to person, and while you may be aware of which risks cause you to feel anxious, learning to manage your anxiety can be a definite learning experience. At the Disability Rights Law Center, we are committed to helping people in California who suffer from mental illnesses. 

Schizophrenia, homelessness and social security disability

According to the Social Security Administration, California residents who have a serious mental disorder are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. In fact, according to one study, just 16 percent of the total U.S.A. population lives with a disability, compared with nearly 40 percent of the homeless populace. While assistance is often available to these individuals, the nature of one's illness often prevents one from qualifying or applying for financial aid. Two mental conditions that make applying for government assistance difficult include schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia. The two conditions together affect approximately one in 100 individuals.

What are the symptoms of OCD?

While people often joke about being obsessive and compulsive, for people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder, the condition is no laughing matter. OCD is a devastating condition that can take over your whole life, making it almost impossible to get through each day. According to WebMD, OCD involves two distinct symptoms or phases: obsession and compulsion.

What symptoms of depression may indicate suicide?

If you know someone who you are concerned is depressed, it may not be unusual for you to notice that he or she seems to be withdrawn, unwell and unhappy. However, it is vital that you are aware of the signs of depression that could indicate that someone you care about in California may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. 

Understanding bipolar disorder

Mood swings can be attributed to almost anyone. That may be the root cause of the problem in dealing with people who have bipolar disorder. Many of those that we here at the Disability Rights Center work with who are stricken with this condition often find it difficult for others to empathize with their situations. You spouse, boss or coworkers might claim to understand what it is like to have mood swings, yet since they are able to set them aside and remain productive, they may expect the same from you. What they do not understand is that your bipolar disorder goes way beyond simple changes in mood. 

How is PTSD diagnosed and treated?

California residents who have been the victim of a crime, served in combat or experienced an accident may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. If you have experienced a traumatic event, you may suffer from symptoms such as anxiety, flashbacks or nightmares. These symptoms may be severe and disrupt your activities of daily living.

What are the signs of schizophrenia?

If you think a loved one may have schizophrenia, then it is imperative to try to get him or her help. This condition can be debilitating and even dangerous. California doctors can offer help to you and the person with the diagnosis, but the first step is identifying the signs that someone you love has this disease. WebMD explains that symptoms of schizophrenia usually become apparent gradually and often start when a person is between the ages of 16 and 30.

Publicized coverage of suicide may have damaging consequences

There are many individuals in California who struggle with anxiety and depression to the point that it is crippling. The debilitating emotion they feel every day can cause them to feel so unhappy that they seek alternatives to surviving their situation. The ever-growing problem of suicide is highlighting the need for intervention and resources providing support for people who are victims of mental disabilities. When addressed in a timely manner, the loss of a person's life may be avoidable. 

Helping teens combat depression in a healthy way

For many California parents, there are few thoughts more concerning than the health and well-being of their children. Often, during the teenage years, children face a variety of obstacles and challenges that can create mental instability. Parents who understand how to help their children cope with difficult times, how to recognize depression and what to do to combat it productively, can act as advocates and facilitate a healthy recovery. 

What you should know about schizophrenia and disability benefits

Often, a person in California who has a mental health disorder may not know it until well into adulthood. When symptoms begin, they may mimic other health issues, and someone may find it gradually more and more difficult to continue to function normally at work. 

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