An Israeli research study found that some people with Parkinson’s disease, also referred to as PD, also have fibromyalgia, or FM, creating a unique syndrome. Many of these patients are women who also have depression or anxiety. This group tends to use more pain medication and more antidepressants as well as smoke cigarettes at a higher rate than people with PD only.
Federal law specifically defines "disability" for purposes of eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, referred to as SSDI and SSI, respectively. As we have blogged about before, the Social Security Administration (SSA), uses a five-step process to determine whether a claimant meets the definition.
Social Security laws have changed over the years in how they treat alcoholism and drug addiction when determining whether disability prevents working for purposes of eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, or SSDI and SSI, respectively.
A recent investigative journalism piece revealed that some doctors hired to review applications for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income may be working too fast to achieve a high degree of accuracy. The Nashville Tennessean said in May that the federal government does not have data readily compiled about doctors in each state who review medical and other records to determine whether claimants are disabled and eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits.
When you apply to the Social Security Administration for Social Security Disability Insurance, it can seem mysterious what the agency is doing behind the curtain to decide if you are disabled and eligible for SSDI.
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.
Having a heart attack does not necessarily mean that a person will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but it could. The first thing to know is that having a heart attack alone or having bypass surgery does not automatically qualify an individual for disability benefits.
Memory loss is an incredibly troubling condition, not just for the people who suffer from it, but also for their loved ones. Whether it is the result of an isolated accident or a degenerative disease, memory loss can make it increasingly difficult for people to perform their usual functions and care for themselves.
In recent weeks, the topics of depression and mental illness have been at the forefront of our national discussions. Unfortunately, serious illnesses like depression affect millions of people in the U.S., and sufferers don't always seek the medical care they need.
People who struggle with serious health conditions know that numbers play a considerable role in understanding what to expect in terms of their prognosis and treatment options.