As one of the most common neurological conditions affecting young adults in California and throughout the country, it is important that we take note of National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month (NMSEAM). Because young people are disproportionately afflicted with this ailment, multiple sclerosis poses some unique challenges for people who are unable to work because of MS.
This month marks the annual American Heart Month, as sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal of the month is to call attention to heart disease and related disabilities, and to educate people in California and throughout the country on steps they can take to prevent heart-related illness and ailments.
According to a new long-term study, a traumatic brain injury often increases the likelihood that a victim of a head trauma will someday commit a violent crime. The study, which also examined the connection between epilepsy and violent crime, found that certain types of brain injuries made victims more likely to commit crimes.
This week, an unauthorized biographer has reported that pop singer Lady Gaga chooses many of her outlandish wigs and costumes to hide the side effects of lupus. Last year, Lady Gaga admitted that she had tested "borderline positive" for lupus, but that she was not suffering from any major symptoms of the disease. However, biographer Ian Halperin is claiming that Lady Gaga wears her ever-present wigs and makeup to hide the hair loss and rashes that are often caused by the disease
When you suffer from a disease that is not well-known or that does not display any physical symptoms, it can be difficult or even impossible to receive any understanding or empathy from your family, your boss, or even your doctor. Sadly, this is often the case with fibromyalgia.
Last week, in recognition that May marks Mental Health Month, we chose to spotlight anxiety disorders. This week, we will continue our discussion of mental impairments by focusing on depression.
More than 50 years ago, May was designated Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental health, to promote understanding and acceptance, and to encourage those with mental health disorders to seek treatment. Although the stigma surrounding mental health has significantly decreased, many California residents who suffer from mental disorders continue to struggle privately, unaware of the myriad of treatment options available to them.
Because May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we decided to discuss the disease for this week's impairment focus figure. According to the national Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 3.5 million cases in over two million Americans diagnosed every year.
In the years since the creation of the Social Security Disability program, the list of impairments that qualify for benefits has been greatly expanded. In the program's earliest years, only people with debilitating physical disorders qualified for SSD benefits. Now, however, the listing of impairments has grown, and it now contains several mental illnesses, such as anxiety disorder, depression, and bipolar disorder. The Social Security Administration, in adding these ailments to the list, has recognized that mental illness may render an individual incapable of performing full-time work and receiving an income.
For many years, patients who went to their doctors complaining of severe fatigue, trouble concentrating, and memory problems were quickly dismissed by medical professionals. Called lazy, complainers, and hypochondriacs, medical professionals told patients that their illness was all in their head. More recently, physicians have diagnosed these patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, but only at the end of a long process of inconclusive medical tests. No one knew much about the disease, what caused it, or how to test for it or treat it, and patients simply continued to suffer.