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The steps to determine if someone is disabled for benefits

Georgia residents know themselves better than anyone else. When a person is unable to work because of his or her health, for example, the person is typically the first to know. When the person's inability to work is the basis for a Social Security disability benefits application, however, the person must meet certain requirements to demonstrate the person is unable to work.

First, a person generally cannot be considered disabled if they are working and earning above a certain amount. For 2014, if the person earns more than $1,070 per month, it may bar the person from being considered disabled. Next, the person must show his or her disability interferes with basic work-related activities.

Putting your best foot forward in a Social Security benefit claim

No matter how hard Georgia residents try, it can be difficult to stay on top of one's finances. Just with the rising costs of basic living expenses alone, individuals may find it hard to pay all of their monthly bills on a fixed salary. Making matters worse, when a person's ability to earn income is affected by unforeseen circumstances, it can leave the person with few options for paying their monthly obligations.

Fortunately, individuals have the right to receive certain benefits under the Social Security program. For instance, if a person becomes unable to work because of an illness or disability, the person can receive Social Security benefits. What's more, these benefits may be received on top of other benefits, like those through ERISA or long-term disability insurance plans.

Finding the right kind of benefits for veterans

There are few individuals more respected by Fayetteville residents than veterans. These individuals have put their life on the line for the benefit of their fellow citizens, and many have paid a dear price by coming home with service-related injuries and wounds.

In spite of their service and their sacrifices, many veterans are still subject to high financial obligations, and in need of assistance to meet these obligations. These individuals may qualify for different types of veterans' benefits, which can help the person meet their financial obligations.

When applying for SSDI benefits, how can I prove I have a disability?

From a marketing professional who is diagnosed with breast cancer to a construction worker who suffers a traumatic brain injury after falling from scaffolding to an office worker who struggles with bipolar disorder, millions of U.S. workers struggle to deal with disabling conditions. In some cases; a physical injury, mental health condition or illness may severely hamper an individual physically and mentally and therefore inhibit one's ability to work.

What happens to these millions of men and women? Unable to work and earn an income, many have few to no options available. Thankfully, the Social Security Administration established a safety net program aimed to provide financial benefits for U.S. workers who, due to a disability, are not able to work and earn an income.

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.

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.

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