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How is a migraine different from a normal headache?

Most Atlanta residents have likely experienced head pain that's commonly referred to as a headache. An individual may develop a headache if he or she is hungry, tired or after physical activity. For most people, however, headaches are fairly infrequent and go away after taking one dose of over-the-counter medication.

For individuals who suffer from much more severe and debilitating headaches known as migraines, a simple dose of Tylenol does little to quiet their aching and throbbing head pain. A migraine differs from a normal headache in the severity of pain, associated symptoms and, in many cases, frequency.

CDC estimates 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 29 million people in the U.S. are believed to have diabetes. Of those individuals in the U.S. suffering from diabetes, the CDC estimates that approximately 28 percent or roughly 8 million have not received a formal diagnosis and are therefore likely not taking appropriate measures to treat their serious medical condition.

Diabetes is categorized as a metabolic disease in which an individual has high blood glucose levels due to problems processing or producing insulin. There are two types of diabetes, Type I and Type 2. Approximately 90 percent of individuals who are living with diabetes have the Type 2 form of the disease.

October is breast cancer awareness month

Atlanta area residents have likely noticed people donning pink ribbons and other pink accessories this month. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, this month especially, it's important to shine a spotlight on the disease and how it’s affect on the lives of the millions of women and men and family members impacted. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 40,000 women will die this year alone from breast cancer and "one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease remains the leading cause of death for U.S. women with breast cancer a close second. Today, health care providers are vigilant in providing mammograms to women over the age of 40 or who have a family history of the disease. Early detection and treatment is critical to ensuring the cancer is not allowed to spread to the lymph system, bloodstream or other organs.

Children with ADHD often misunderstood and maligned

In recent years there have been increased efforts to diagnose and treat children with a disorder known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Children who are diagnosed with ADHD display certain behavioral symptoms realted to inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity that are often deemed to be disruptive in nature.

A child with ADHD may be easily distracted, talk out of turn, have trouble listening and following directions, experience trouble focusing and be labeled as a disruptive and problematic student in a traditional educational setting. For these reasons, it’s important that a child with ADHD be diagnosed and that parents explore ways to help a child succeed. For example some parents choose to provide a child with prescription medication and therapy. 

What are anxiety disorders?

It's normal and healthy to feel anxious at certain times. For example, many people experience anxiety before giving a speech or before a big event. However, in cases where feelings of anxiety, fear and general uneasiness are frequent and not tied to any specific cause or source, an individual may have a more serious anxiety disorder.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from some form of an anxiety disorder. In many cases, symptoms that accompany anxiety disorders negatively impact an individual's personal relationships and ability to work.

Can a blood test be used to diagnose depression?

Throughout life, many people experience times of sadness and depression. Often these low points are triggered by or in response to an adverse event in an individual's life like the death of a loved one or end of a marriage. For individuals who suffer from major depressive disorder, feelings of sadness and hopelessness may not necessarily be tied to any particular event and often endure for long periods of time with little relief.

Approximately "6.7 percent of the U.S. population" is living and coping with the adverse side effects of major depression. In many cases, people who suffer from depression do so in silence afraid they will be marginalized as a result of their misunderstood and sometimes disregarded condition.

SSI program faces scrutiny over numbers and payouts

In recent decades, the number of U.S. children diagnosed with disabling conditions like autism and ADHD has dramatically increased. One factor contributing to the increase in children diagnosed with ADHD and autism is a sharp increase in the prevelence of these disorders. In response, medical providers routinely screen young children for these types of conditions with hopes that early intervention and therapy can be effective in helping an affected child learn to cope with and manage their disorder.

In general, today a greater percentage of U.S. children have been diagnosed with a disabling cognitive disorder. It makes sense, therefore, that a proportionate amount of these children are members of families who live in poverty.

If you have been denied, we can help you appeal your SSDI request

Imagine that for decades you have worked hard and contributed to Social Security. You're in your late 40s or early 50s, and plan on working for at least 10 more years, maybe even more. But one day, you notice that you feel, for lack of a better term, "off." Days pass and things don't get better, and eventually you go to the doctor. The doctor tells you that you have an incurable degenerative disease, and that in the very near future you won't be able to work anymore.

You think to yourself "well, as bad as this is, at least I'll have Social Security disability benefits to help me." But sadly, the Social Security Administration reviews your application and denies your claim for these crucial benefits. You are left feeling devastated, and you may think that there is no where for you to turn now.

Autism's origins remain a mystery

Autism is perhaps one of the most baffling of all developmental disorders. Today, the complex neurological disorder affects an estimated 1 in every 68 children born in the U.S., yet medical researchers and scientists know surprisingly very little about how and why autism develops or how to treat common symptoms associated with the disorder.

Autism is considered a spectrum disorder meaning that the existence of symptoms and their severity vary greatly from one individual to another. Some individuals with autism are extremely high functioning and have normal to above-average IQs, whereas individuals on the lower end of the spectrum may have delayed cognitive abilities and lack the ability to verbally communicate. All individuals with autism share certain deficiencies related to their ability to communicate and socially interact. A large percentage of autistic individuals also display some degree of repetitive or ritualistic behaviors. 

Overcoming the struggles associated with obtaining SSDI benefits

According to a July 25, 2012 U.S. Census news release, approximately 20 percent of all Americans are living with a disability. Disabling conditions, illnesses and injuries don't discriminate and can impact individuals of all ages, races and socio-economic classes. For many, a disability makes it difficult or impossible to complete physical tasks, think clearly, learn and recall information and function in the capacity of an employee.

The attorneys at Rogers, Hofrichter & Karrh, LLC understand the daily struggles individuals living with debilitating conditions and injuries face. For years, our attorneys have served disabled residents in the Atlanta area who are unable to work and in desperate need of financial assistance.

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