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The different types of memory disorders and how they impact you

Memory orders can take on many different forms. There are Alzheimer's disease, hydrocephalus, dementia vascular cognitive and mild cognitive impairments. Each of them may affect a patient distinctly. Many rob an individual of their ability to remember things, others deprive someone of a way to reason and make decisions and then some leave victims unable to communicate at all. What is common among individuals who have been diagnosed with these conditions is that they often affect their ability to remain gainfully employed.

How debilitating is schizophrenia?

If there's such a thing as a minor mental health disorder then schizophrenia is not one of them. This condition is included in publications such as the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Listing of Impairments largely because it's a chronic and serious mental disorder. Individuals who suffer from schizophrenia often appear to others as if they live in their own world. This condition can adversely impact an individual's feelings, behaviors and reasoning abilities.

The 11 categories of mental conditions

Mental conditions can be categorized in a number of different ways, but, for the sake of seeking benefits, it is important to know that the Social Security Administration puts them into 11 general categories. These help to give structure to the process, and they also categorize other types of ailments.

Is it hard to get Social Security disability for mental health?

Data published by the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows that 8 million individuals were receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in 2017. At least one-quarter of those had a mental health condition listed as their primary impairment. Many of the diagnoses were so severe that they prevented recipients from being gainfully employed. Even still, many applicants with mental health conditions struggle to receive SSDI benefits.

Depression may be amplified during the holidays

According to medical and mental health professionals, the holiday season can be an especially hard time of year for individuals who struggle with mental conditions, like depression. As stresses mount and concerns weigh heavily on the minds of Oklahoma residents, those who deal with mental illnesses may experience elevated symptoms and issues related to their conditions. Those extra symptoms may lead them to engage in dangerous and uncharacteristic behaviors that can put them in harm's way.

How does the SSA assess evidence about mental disorders?

Mental illness is a continuing problem for many people in Oklahoma and across the nation. If the problem is so severe that the person cannot work, it can warrant an approval for Social Security disability benefits. When filing for disability benefits, one of the key factors in getting approved is the evidence provided. For those with a mental disorder, it is imperative to provide sufficient evidence to have a good chance of getting the benefits. Before moving forward with a claim, it is useful to consult with a legal professional experienced in SSD cases.

Mental illness related to somatic disorders

For Oklahomans who believe they are suffering from mental illness and their issues are of sufficient severity that they warrant filing for disability benefits, it is important to understand their disorder and how it impacts their daily lives.

Applying for disability benefits if you have a mental illness

The stigma that once defined mental illness and how it impacted Oklahoma residents and people across the nation has largely dissipated. Increasingly, people from all walks of life are feeling emboldened to seek treatment when they are suffering from mental illness, emotional illness or any other issue that is not clear to the naked eye with physical manifestations. While these issues might not be obvious when looking at a person, they are undoubtedly real and can be just as severe and debilitating as physical impairments and conditions.

When is anxiety considered a disability?

Anxiety is more than just "feeling nervous." Pretty much all Oklahoma residents have experienced worry or concern about events that are outside of their control. When those events have passed most individuals will experience relief and their apprehension fades away. However, for individuals who live with anxiety disorders, that relief may not always come.

Personality disorders and disability benefits

Mental illnesses and disorders are common and affect the lives of many Oklahoma residents. While most people have heard of depression and anxiety as common afflictions that can impact individuals' ways of life, there are a number of other mental conditions that can adversely alter how individuals live and operate in their environments. Personality disorders are a class of conditions that may avail individuals to disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

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