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Generalized anxiety disorder is a serious mental health condition

A previous post on this blog talked about how our law office represents Kissimmee, Florida, residents, as well as those who live throughout Central Florida, in claiming Social Security Disability benefits for anxiety-related mental health conditions.

One of the conditions mentioned was Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, but this condition may require a little clarification. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is not just a fancy name for someone who is particularly nervous or prone to worrying a lot, as that would imply that the condition may be just something someone has to live with or, at worst, something that can be treated with the right medicine.

Women and SSDI benefits

Celebrating Women's History Month this month means looking at how far women have come over the past decades. However, it also means looking at what constraints and difficulties they still face. Are women afforded the same rights and benefits? And do they have access to the same programs as their counterparts?

According to a recent assessment of the Social Security Disability Insurance program, it was highlighted that this program is an important source of financial security for women in the workforce. By looking at various areas of the program, it is clear that women have benefited increasingly from the SSDI program.

Helping Florida residents with anxiety disorders

Suffering from an anxiety disorder is nothing like simply being a chronic worrier or having some stress in your life. The effects of an anxiety disorder can be debilitating and leave a Florida resident unable to go to work.

There are many different types of anxiety disorders, which are similar to, but not identical to, the different diagnoses for depression. Previous posts here have discussed PTSD, which can affect combat veterans, but also affects other people who have been through particularly scary or traumatic events. People can also suffer from generalized anxiety, have a certain fear or phobia or experience periodic panic attacks.

If I am hurt in a car accident, can I get disability benefits?

Many people in Tallahassee might not want to think about the fact that there is always a chance that the car trip they are about to take, even if it is a short commute to work, can end with a debilitating injury.

There are many different types of injuries a person can suffer in connection with a car accident. In the most serious accidents, a victim may suffer from a traumatic brain injury due to a blow to the head. The back is also particularly vulnerable to injury during a car accident, and many people wind up paralyzed after a wreck because of a spinal cord injury.

What is early onset dementia?

As individuals in Florida and elsewhere enter their elderly years, it is expected that memories will fade and it will be tougher to recall some memories. While this is common for the aging population, having memory issues is not common among younger individuals.

What is early onset dementia? Suffering from memory issues can impact individuals in many facets of their lives. Early onset Alzheimer's dementia accounts for only five percent of those suffering from Alzheimer's. However, this condition can seriously impact those in their earning years. Having this memory impairment can essentially rob a person of their family.

Where exactly are Social Security benefits going?

Each month, the Social Security Administration pays out over $80 billion in benefits to Americans who are eligible for one type of program or another. The vast majority of these dollars go to Social Security's retirement program. However, of the $80 billion a month that is being spent, $11 billion goes to pay disability benefits to people across the country, including in Central Florida, who qualify for them. Of this $11 billion, all but $600 million goes to disabled workers themselves. The remainder consists of small monthly payments made to spouses or children of the disabled workers.

Contrary to what some might suggest, statistics show that the average person who is on disability is not getting rich off of the program and, in fact, is not making enough from the program to get above the poverty line on their own. Specifically, the average person gets a monthly check of a little less than $1,060 a month. Still, this monthly payment can be a lifesaver for those who are unable to work and need whatever financial help they can get in order to make ends meet.

Even a mild stroke can keep a person out of work

Many people in and around Tallahassee, Florida, suffer from a stroke or, at least, have certain risk factors that may lead them to have a stroke in the near future. On some occasions, a person can even have a stroke without even knowing it but may be at risk for a more serious stroke in the upcoming months and years.

To review, a stroke happens when part of a person's brain does not get enough oxygen due to loss of blood supply. It can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, but the end result is that the part of the brain which did not get the necessary supply of nutrients will effectively die, leaving the victim without the use of his or her faculties that were controlled by that part of the brain. It is in that respect similar to a heart attack.

Injuries to the spine can be debilitating

Many people in Kissimmee, Florida, know that a spinal cord injury of any kind is a serious affair. In many cases, these sorts of injuries leave a person unable to walk or, in the worst cases, unable even to move any muscle below their neck.

It is fairly easy to see how someone with a spinal cord injury might not be able to continue working and thus could require some financial assistance, including disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. However, it is important for Florida residents to also remember that not all back injuries involve trauma to the spinal cord itself. The spine as a whole is a very sensitive part of the body, in part because it is composed of a lot of nerves and small disc-shaped bones called vertebrae.

We advocate for you while seeking SSD benefits for injuries

When suffering a disabling injury prevents you from being able to work, you are likely aware of your options when it comes to seeking Social Security Disability benefits. If you believe that you qualify for these benefits and have evidence to prove it, many will just go ahead and apply. However, if applicants in Florida is not detailed enough or does not effectively prove that he or she is suffering form a qualifying disability, the claim could be denied.

Attorneys understand that a denied application is not the end of the road. It is important to be aware of your legal rights during the appeals process as well as the initial application phase.

Proposed SSA budget will reduce staffing further

As this blog has reported previously, there is a serious backlog of disability cases awaiting further review by an administrative law judge or other Social Security staff.

With the most recent budget proposal submitted by the Social Security Administration, which will cover the agency's operations in fiscal year 2019, some are concerned that ongoing staffing problems will only make this problem worse.