We have probably all heard people say something like they were depressed because their favorite TV show ended or that a work project left them so confused they felt like they were having a stroke. Maybe it was a friend describing his or her own appreciation for neatness as being obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Any type of serious medical condition has the potential to dramatically change a person's life, from his or her mobility to cognitive functioning. It can be particularly troubling when a severe condition comes without warning; people must make instant adjustments and decisions they might not have ever anticipated.
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.
Qualifying for disability benefits is often more complicated than people expect. One major obstacle people typically face is proving that a condition does in fact meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. This is because most conditions and illnesses have varying degrees of severity and may or may not be disabling.
After a traumatic event, it is not unusual to experience troubling physical and mental changes. For millions of people, these changes include development of a disorder called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.