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Mental disabilities in the workplace

Recently, Forbes published an article on whether to tell an employer about a mental disability and, if disclosure is chosen, how to go about having the conversation.

The article, citing data from the American Health Association, pointed out that mental illness is extremely common in the workplace, with about three out of every four U.S. workers being affected by mental illness of some kind.

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, part 2

As many as 30 million Americans suffer from thyroid disease in the United States, and up to half of these cases go undetected. To help raise awareness on thyroid disease, January is recognized as Thyroid Awareness Month.

In our last post, we discussed hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, which occurs when not enough of the thyroid hormone is being released. This condition is most common in women and is often linked to the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, part 1

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck. What many people don’t realize is that this hormone-releasing gland controls the functionality of many of the body’s most important organs, including the brain, heart, liver, skin and kidneys.

When the thyroid is working properly and releasing the correct amount of thyroid hormone, the body runs as it should. But when the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, it means the body is not functioning properly.

How do you know if you have a thyroid problem?

Thyroid disease is a lot more common in the United States than most people realize. In fact, it is even more common than diabetes or heart disease, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. It is believed that up to 30 million Americans are affected by thyroid disease. However, what is alarming is that researchers estimate up to half of all cases are undiagnosed.

When thyroid disease is left untreated, it can cause very serious health complications such as elevated cholesterol and heart disease, infertility, osteoporosis and vision problems. For that reason, it's very important to be aware of the symptoms of thyroid disease and to visit your doctor regularly so that a proper diagnosis can be made, if necessary.

Three of the biggest myths about SSDI

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) causes confusion among many people. Like a lot of government processes, misunderstandings and myths persist year after year. Today, we would like to debunk three of the most common myths we have heard about SSDI.

Myth No. 1: SSDI replaces the income you were earning.

Going back to work while on Social Security Disability

Applying for and securing Social Security Disability (SSD) is no easy feat. That’s probably why so many people who receive benefits are reluctant to try working again. They worry about their disability becoming worse or getting in the way of performing their job. They worry about first losing benefits and then losing their job and being left with no income.

Luckily, the Social Security Administration has “safety nets” in place to allow people to transition back to employment gradually and with caution. The SSA offers return-to-work programs such as Ticket to Work, PASS, Vocational Rehabilitation and Trial Work that help SSD recipients attempt to work while preserving their benefits.

World AIDS Day is a good time to get educated, part 2

As we began discussing in our last post, Dec. 1 was the 30th annual World AIDS Day – a time to raise awareness of the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic. In our first post, we discussed the three stages of HIV/AIDS and how blood or fluid testing is the only sure way to reveal if the virus is in the body.

Here are three additional things to know about HIV/AIDS:

World AIDS Day is a good time to get educated, part 1

Dec. 1 was the 30th annual World AIDS Day, which was the first global health day and is intended to raise awareness of the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Here are five things to know about HIV/AIDS:

New study suggests one in 40 U.S. kids has autism

A recently published study suggests that one in 40 kids in the United States has been diagnosed with autism, which is equal to about 1.5 million kids throughout the country.

The study also found that the parents of children with autism were 44 percent more likely to report experiencing a lot of difficulty getting the necessary mental health services for their children compared with parents of children with other emotional and behavioral issues.

Post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t affect just veterans

It is true that many veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning from combat, and we most often hear about PTSD in this context. However, you don’t have to be a veteran to suffer from PTSD.

In fact, anyone who has been through a terrifying or traumatic event can end up being diagnosed with PTSD, according to the Mayo Clinic.