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Which digestive disorders can lead to disability benefits?

Published on February 27th, 2019 by Web Master

Severe digestive disorders can impair a person’s ability to work and function normally, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) knows this. That’s why sufferers can be approved for Social Security Disability benefits if they are able to meet the SSA’s application requirements. Digestive diseases are found under Listing 5.0 of the SSA’s Listing Of Impairments and include: […]

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What is the Compassionate Allowances list?

Published on February 22nd, 2019 by Web Master

The Social Security Administration created the Compassionate Allowances program to help expedite the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for those with specific conditions so serious that they have been determined to meet the SSA’s requirements. The SSA approves these applications based on a much smaller amount […]

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SSA asking for comments on its treatment of pain conditions

Published on February 13th, 2019 by Web Master

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is asking the public for feedback on how it considers pain and the documentation of pain in disability claims. The solicitation of input is an effort to make sure that the application process is fair for applicants with more subjective pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Members of the public have until Feb. […]

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Understanding postpartum depression

Published on February 6th, 2019 by Web Master

Many women experience intense emotions after giving birth, including sadness that is often referred to as the “baby blues.” The baby blues can include bouts of crying, trouble sleeping, anxiety and mood swings and usually lasts up to two weeks after the birth. But for some women, the symptoms evolve into something much more: postpartum […]

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When is depression bad enough to qualify for SSDI?

Published on February 4th, 2019 by Web Master

You might already know that depression is considered a disabling condition that can qualify a person for Social Security Disability benefits, but maybe you are not sure how severe the depression has to be to qualify for benefits. Because sadness is a normal human emotion, most of us feel depressed from time to time, especially […]

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Recognizing Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day

Published on February 2nd, 2019 by Web Master

Today is Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day, which is a time to spread the word about the condition and how it affects sufferers. The Arthritis Foundation explains that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects about 1.5 million people in the United States. It is much more common in women than men and usually begins between […]

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