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Why is it so difficult to get disability benefits for depression?

Published on April 23rd, 2019 by Web Master

Depression is a common condition cited on Social Security Disability applications, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for people with depression to secure benefits. Like other conditions with symptoms that are based on emotional distress, a disability based on depression can be difficult to prove to the Social Security Administration because the symptoms are often difficult […]

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Dell plans to expand hiring program for adults with autism

Published on April 19th, 2019 by Web Master

Some adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have long and fulfilling careers without many problems, while others struggle with holding down employment. In fact, Autism Speaks reports that more than half of young adults with autism do not find jobs or attain higher education in the two years after high school, and only 58 percent […]

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When is the best time to apply for disability benefits?

Published on April 11th, 2019 by Web Master

Many people hold misconceptions about when to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, and you may have heard some of them and be holding the misconceptions yourself. For instance, there is a rumor that applicants should wait a certain length of time before applying, such as five months or one year after becoming disabled. But […]

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What are primary immunodeficiency diseases?

Published on April 2nd, 2019 by Web Master

Primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI) include more than 350 chronic and rare disorders that result from the body’s immune system not functioning as it should. April happens to be Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month, so we thought now would be a great time to discuss PI and how Social Security Disability benefits may be available to sufferers. […]

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Actress Selma Blair shines spotlight on MS

Published on March 23rd, 2019 by Web Master

March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month, and a well-known actress has been bringing a lot of attention to the condition. Selma Blair, known for starring in movies such as “Cruel Intentions,” “Hellboy” and “The Sweetest Thing,” recently revealed that she was diagnosed with MS in August 2018 after visiting a doctor for what she […]

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SSA to look at social media when making disability decisions

Published on March 22nd, 2019 by Web Master

If you are like many Americans and use social media to connect with friends and loved ones, you should be aware that the Social Security Administration may soon be looking to social media for help in deciding disability claims. Recently, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is planning to use social media sites such […]

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What are my options after my disability claim is denied?

Published on March 13th, 2019 by Web Master

If your initial disability claim with the Social Security Administration was denied, you are probably wondering if you have any options left or if you just have to take the denial and live with it. The good news is that you still have several chances to have the application approved. Asking for reconsideration After you […]

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Raising awareness on traumatic and acquired brain injuries

Published on March 8th, 2019 by Web Master

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, so it is a great time to discuss how brain injuries occur, how they affect people’s lives and how people with brain injuries can get the support they need. There are two types of brain injuries: traumatic brain injury (TBI) and acquired brain injury (ABI). As you may have […]

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Working with doctors is important when applying for SSD

Published on March 7th, 2019 by Web Master

It’s extremely important to work with your doctors when applying for Social Security Disability benefits. This is especially true if your benefits application has been denied and you are filing an appeal. Your doctors will help convey the severity of your condition and provide the necessary medical records that are required to have your application […]

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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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