Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be incredibly difficult, regardless of the physical or mental condition which has prompted someone to pursue these benefits. However, some people have an especially tough time during the process, such as those who are suffering from certain mental conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately, these cases can be hard for a number of reasons. Unlike physical disabilities, which can be very evident, mental scars and disabilities can be harder to prove. However, those who struggle with PTSD may be significantly affected by their condition, and a denied claim can worsen their state of mind.
When people become extremely depressed, their lives may change for the worse in many different ways. They may lose friends, experience problems in their relationships with loved ones and even be unable to continue working. Depression may arise for many reasons, and can often come into someone's life over an unexpected tragedy. For example, someone may lose a spouse in a car crash or as a result of cancer, and this can bring them down to such an extent that they can barely function. Unfortunately, when someone misses work over depression they may also struggle with other problems resulting from their absence, such as financial struggles.
When people think of Social Security Disability recipients, they may envision someone who is unable to work due to physical challenges such as immobility. However, there are a number of mental hardships that people face which also leave them unable to work, and these difficulties can arise for all sorts of reasons. For example, someone may develop an anxiety disorder as a result of a serious incident which took place on the job, and they cannot bring themselves to return to the workplace. Or, someone may have a mental disorder which leaves them unable to function in the workplace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.