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May 2013 Archives

Psychosis, schizophrenia may be misdiagnosed

There are many people in Atlanta who apply for Social Security disability insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits each year because of mental illness. One of the more serious of conditions, schizophrenia, can make it impossible for an individual to hold down a job and earn a living for him- or herself. For many of these Georgians, the only option is to file for federal disability benefits. But there is evidence that some of the individuals who have previously been diagnosed with psychosis or schizophrenia may actually have a treatable condition: anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

States with most SSDI beneficiaries might surprise you

As our readers in Georgia might know, more people now than ever before are receiving Social Security Disability insurance benefits. The reasons for the increase in SSDI beneficiaries are many, but two main reasons seem to be driving it: the aging population and the increase in the number of women who entered the workforce decades ago and are now eligible for benefits.

Required overtime might cut into veterans' disability backlog

We have written extensively on this blog about the sad state of affairs when it comes to the backlog of veterans' service-connected disability claims. Much attention has been paid to the fact that many veterans have had to wait unprecedented lengths of time for a decision on their requests for benefits.

Recent SSDI reports shouldn't discourage those who need the help

The Social Security disability insurance program has gotten a lot of attention recently -- most of it for the wrong reasons. Several media reports have been critical of the SSDI system for catering to people who don't really need the benefits.

Veterans' benefits backlog still frustrating those who need help

We have written numerous times on this blog about the wait many veterans in Georgia and all throughout our nation have had to wait in order for their decisions on benefits to be made -- not just when they will receive them, but if they will get them at all. The problem is continuing to get worse -- and the people who are waiting for veterans' benefits can hardly stand to wait much longer. The system is almost designed to be complicated; it is still reliant on paper forms being filled out and sent to the correct place.

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