As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, a resident of the Central Florida area can get Social Security disability benefits for a variety of mental health conditions so long as he or she meets the Social Security Administration's requirements.
Many people think of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as a condition which afflicts soldiers who have seen combat. This is indeed true, and those veterans who suffer from it deserve utmost sympathy and support.
Some of the biggest wounds veterans and other people who have experienced trauma face are not physical. In fact, a person who may seem fine on the outside may be completely torn up emotionally because of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, or on account of some other condition that stems from a traumatic event.
A previous post on this blog discussed how our office has represented parents of children who have serious ADHD or other neurological conditions in getting disability benefits for their children through the Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, program.
Florida residents who suffer from depression or other mental health conditions may also be prone to panic attacks.
Many people in Kissimmee and the surrounding parts of central Florida will suffer from depression at some point in their lives, as it one of the most common forms of mental illness.
Kissimmee residents who have suffered under a mental condition, ranging from depression to schizophrenia to bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses, know how serious and debilitating these conditions can be. If serious enough, they can keep a person out of the workforce and, at times, barely able to function.
For years, the term "manic depression" was used to describe a mental illness characterized by severe mood swings. Today, the clinical term used by professionals is bipolar disorder, and it's something that can lead to an inability to work for Kissimmee residents who struggle with it.
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.
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.