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Does autism qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

The autism spectrum covers a range of mental conditions that affect individuals in different ways and with different levels of severity. Although Florida children are often screened for autism in their early years of life, adults can suffer from spectrum-related disorders that may impact their abilities to work and care for themselves. Depending upon the manner in which an autism spectrum disorder impacts a person's capacity to work, the Social Security Administration may decide that the individual qualifies for disability benefits.

Behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorders will be assessed to establish a person's capacity to hold down a job. If a person is easily distracted, unable to focus, hyperactive, unable to learn or suffers from frequent vocalizations or other symptoms of autism disorder then they may qualify for benefits. In addition to the presence of these serious symptoms individuals must also be limited in their abilities to concentrate, adapt to different conditions, work with others or effectively use information.

Disability benefits for endocrine disorders

Endocrine disorders affect the glands of the human body. For example, when disorders cause the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreas glands to overwork or underwork the other systems of a person's body can be negatively impacted. This post will briefly mention some of the major diseases and disorders that Floridians suffer from and that are caused by endocrine complications but readers are cautioned that the information contained herein does not provide legal or medical advice.

Thyroid disorders are somewhat common among Americans. Problems with the functioning of a person's thyroid can affect the individual's metabolism and weight which can in turn impact their levels of energy, anxiety and stress. Certain thyroid disorders may qualify applicants for Social Security disability benefits.

Living with a disability and ways to cope with the situation

Whether it is due to an illness, disease or an injury, coming to terms that you have a disability is difficult. Regardless if it was something you were born with or acquired later in life, a disability can be challenging at any point in a person's life. Therefore, it is important to understand how to cope with this situation and obtain the help necessary to build a fulfilling life.

Living with a disability often means adjusting your life to make the transition easier. Because we all tend to take our health for granted, it can be a major shock when we suffer a debilitating disease or injury. Thus, it is important to consider your mental health when it comes to coming to terms with your situation as well as cooping with it.

Severe obsessive compulsive disorder can become a disability

For many people in Florida, it is hard to put yourself in the shoes of those suffering a mental condition. This is mostly because many of these conditions impact a person internally, meaning it is not entirely visible to those coming into contact with them. With regards to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), many view this as a minor condition, claiming that everyone is a bit OCD. Don't we all like to keep things tidy or have certain things exactly in their place? However, this is a common misconception of this disorder, because it is not about being a perfectionist but rather an illness that is considered to be crippling.

How severe is OCD? According to the World Health Organization, OCD is ranked in the top 10 most debilitating illnesses. Sufferers of OCD experience obsession, which in turn causes them distress. This results in the person doing compulsions as a response to these obsessions. There is such a wide variety of obsessions to have or compulsions to do that even the stereotype of those having OCD having a very neat a tidy house is very untrue.

Social Security backlog over 1 million

Social Security disability benefits may be essential for recipients' daily expenses. However, over one million claimants are awaiting a hearing to determine whether they meet eligibility requirements.

This wait is sadly unnecessary. Most SSD claims are initially rejected but most claimants who file appeals are ultimately awarded benefits. The Social Security Inspector General reported that 7,400 claimants on waitlists died in 2016 before a ruling was issued on their appeal because the average delay is two years.

Social Security Administration has program for dementia sufferers

While getting older is of course inevitable, some elderly citizens are unfortunately afflicted with severe maladies. These sicknesses range from severe physical issues to debilitating mental conditions such as dementia. For those suffer dementia, maintaining a grasp on their finances, including Social Security, can be all but impossible. The Social Security Administration, however, has a program in place designed to assist those with dementia that few many know about.

The agency is allowed to designate individuals called "representative payees" to act as beneficiaries to those who are not able to manage their Social Security finances. Over time, the program has gone through various changes in order to make it safer for the at-risk individuals suffering from the mental disease. This can be extremely helpful for those who live apart from the dementia patient as it allows them to manage money and Social Security needs without being physically present.

Helping those in need seek SSD after a serious illness diagnosis

We do many things to better our health. Whether it is working out, eating healthy or going to the doctor for check-ups and treatment, we take these steps to avoid health issues. While these are excellent steps to implement in life, taking these measures does not always help individuals in Florida avoid major illnesses. Whether one is diagnosed with a terminal disease or acquired a disabling illness, it is important for individuals to understand their rights.

No one ever expects to hear that they have a serious disease. This news often sparks questions about their options and how medical treatment could affect them. Individuals are also faced with the high costs associated with medical costs and the inability to work during treatment.

Seeking disability benefits for a mental condition

Not all disabilities are obvious and physical. Many individuals in Florida suffer from mental conditions, causing as almost invisible disability in some cases. Whether or not it is obvious that a person is suffering from a disability, this does not determine if that person is in fact disabled. Thus, many individuals with mental conditions are able to receive Social Security disability benefits, helping them meet their basic living needs that are hindered by their disability.

In the United States, both Socials Security disability benefits (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are available to citizens living with disabilities. Both of these programs are available to those living with a mental condition. However, applicants need to meet the eligibility requirements set for each program as well as the condition they seek to qualify for.

How can SSD benefits help children with special needs?

Caring for a child with special needs can be costly. Whether a child was diagnosed with a disability at birth or acquired during childhood, this situation is not only challenging for the child, but also their family. It is likely that accommodations will be required in their daily life. This could look like alterations to a home and a vehicle. This can also look like hiring a medical assistant, going through various medical treatments and daily medications.

How can Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits help with the care of special needs children? For many parents in Florida, caring for a child with special needs means looking at a seven-figure bill when it comes to the lifetime cost of care.

SSA news: conditions added to Compassionate Allowances program

Hearing from a medical professional that you are diagnosed with a serious medical condition is life-altering news. Suddenly, your world pauses and you think about what this really means. Is there a cure? What medical procedures will I need to undergo? Will I be able to maintain my normal life? How will I afford medical treatment? While these questions can be daunting and stressful, obtaining benefits from Social Security disability can reduce them.

With regards to severe medical diseases, the Compassionate Allowances program is very beneficial for applicants in Florida and nationwide recently diagnosed with such an illness. This program was designed to help streamline the SSD program for these applicants, ensuring they get timely approved so benefits can be used as quickly as possible. Based one recent reports, the acting commissioner of Social Security Administration just announced that three new conditions were added to the Compassionate Allowances program.