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Pop star steps off stage to deal with panic attacks

On Behalf of | Sep 22, 2016 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions

Selena Gomez is a multi-talented entertainer and pop star, and she often grabs news headlines for both her career and her relationship with another young star, Justin Bieber. Recently, Gomez made headlines for other reasons when she announced that she was stepping back from her career to deal with mental health problems, including panic attacks and depression.

Another megastar, Lady Gaga, publicly announced her support for Gomez’s leave of absence. Gaga noted her own struggles with depression and explained that fame and public pressure can take a heavy toll on a person.

Many people in Houston are probably susceptible to, and can sympathize with other people, like Gomez and Gaga, who have had to deal with mental conditions. However, unlike these two entertainers, most people in Houston cannot afford to take a break from their career to deal with panic attacks or other mental problems. On the other hand, sometimes these conditions can become severe enough that the person suffering from them is unable to maintain their career.

Social Security disability benefits are available to help those individuals who cannot work because of a mental condition. Anyone who is facing this kind of problem should get a medical evaluation to see whether their mental health condition could qualify them to get SSD benefits for a mental disability.

Panic attacks and depression, which can go hand-in-hand, are not just minor problems that go away by themselves. These conditions can have a profound impact on a person’s life, and leave them unable to do the things that they normally could do, like working a steady job. In addition to seeking medical help, anyone in this position should also not be afraid to seek financial help in the form of SSD benefits.

Source: New York Daily News, “Lady Gaga can relate to Selena Gomez’s break from the spotlight – ‘Fame is very isolating,‘” Jessica Schladebeck, Sept. 15, 2016