It is no secret that disabled people in America face discrimination in the workplace. They have a tough time finding employment because of how they are perceived by employers of not being able to do the job or being too much trouble given the need for them to have time off every once in a while.
For the 18 million adults in the U.S. that suffer from depression, the road to finding solutions can be a long and arduous one. Before being formally diagnosed, one may have to deal with years of unsettling highs and lows, doubts and criticisms about why you just can't find your way. Even more frustrating (and troubling) is cycling through a number of medications without finding relief.
In what began in the mid 1970's as a small program to help disabled children in the nation's poorest families has reportedly grown to be the nation's largest source for monthly benefits. A recent report from the Boston Globe has chronicled the dramatic growth of the children's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
It can be a frustrating experience applying for Social Security disability benefits. The amount of information that is required along with the scrutiny that comes with determining whether a claimant is actually disabled can wear at a person and make them believe that they will never be granted benefits.
If you have made it through the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits, and have been approved, you likely have a great weight of worry lifted off of your shoulders. However, the main point of applying for benefits is to get them; and it can be nerve wracking waiting for them to begin. So many people have the question: when am I supposed to get my first check?