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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.

Help and hope for workers suffering with debilitating back injuries

Until an injury occurs, many people fail to realize exactly how much they use the muscles in their lower back. An individual's back is engaged and necessary for nearly every movement and certainly any that involves walking or lifting. Even sitting can cause an individual's back to become strained and ache. In cases where an individual strains, pulls or tears the muscles in his or her back, it can be difficult to perform simple everyday tasks much less work.

In some cases an injury to the lower back just needs time to heal. In other cases, however, a lower back injury may prove to be chronic and debilitating in nature. Injuries suffered at work, in car accidents or while playing sports are among the most common causes of serious back injuries. Any injury to the muscles, tissues, nerves or bones that make up an individual’s back can result in an individual suffering pain that ranges from a dull ache to shooting and radiating pain.

Can I work and still maintain my SSDI eligibility?

Social Security insurance disability benefits provide monthly income for individuals who are considered disabled and therefore unable to work due to an injury or illness. In some cases, workers who suffered a debilitating injury or medical condition may eventually attempt to return to the workforce. However, these individuals often have concerns about whether or not they are physically or mentally capable of doing so. Many also fear that their SSDI benefits will automatically stop once they return to work.

The Social Security Administration allows an individual to work and maintain SSDI eligibility provided his or her monthly income does not exceed $1,070 per month. In cases where an individual's monthly income exceeds this amount, the SSA offers a nine-month trial work period.

Willing but unable to work, millions rely on SSD & SSI benefits

An individual's ability to take in and process information, think clearly, reason and make rational decisions are critical to not only succeed in one's personal life, but also professionally. For millions of Americans living with a mental disorder, disruptive symptoms often interfere with their ability to be one time, process information, pay attention to details and make decisions; thereby making it extremely difficult to both find and keep a job.

A recent report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports an 80 percent unemployment rate among Americans living with a mental disorder. In many cases individuals who suffer from anxiety, major depression, bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia want to work, but are unable to do so without the assistance, guidance and support of others.

Economic assistance often vital for individuals diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's

Prior to vaccines and widespread public health initiatives, people in the U.S. frequently died at a young age from infections and illnesses that are today treatable or eradicated. As a result, many of the modern medical conditions that develop later in life are relatively new to medical researchers. One of the most prevalent and mysterious of these disorders is Alzheimer's disease.

Individuals who develop Alzheimer's experience problems with memory loss as well as loss of cognitive functioning, both which worsen over time. Eventually, the disease robs those affected of their ability to think clearly, reason and perform everyday tasks. The disease is often devastating to the lives of those afflicted as well as close family members and friends as individuals who are diagnosed with the disease only live an average of eight years after symptoms first appear.

Barring congressional action, Social Security disability will be insolvent by 2017

The quintessential American dream is heavily reliant upon an individual's ability to work and earn an income. Through the acquisition of a job, Americans are told they can move up the ladder and continue to earn, afford and spend more. What happens, however, when an individual in America isn't able to work?

In many countries, individuals who are born with a physical or mental condition, suffer a debilitating injury or are stricken with a serious illness are often forced to rely upon the kindness of family and friends or face living in total poverty. Thankfully, our U.S. government established the Social Security disability program which currently helps an estimated nine million disabled American workers afford basic life necessities like shelter, food and clothing. Unfortunately, the SSDI program is expected to become insolvent by 2017.

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