Right now, thousands of Americans are struggling with serious mental illnesses that make it very difficult, if not impossible, to function on a day-to-day basis, let alone hold a full-time job.
One of the more difficult realities to accept is that many otherwise deserving people who would qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for mental conditions are often reluctant to apply due to fears that they would somehow be unfairly stigmatized within their communities.
In today's post, we'll take a closer look at a very interesting case out of the state of Illinois concerning one man's quest for disability benefits after being diagnosed with a very serious mental condition that has compromised his ability to perform the job he has held for several years.
People who are generally unfamiliar with the Social Security Disability program more than likely have many questions about how the system works and what they have to do to secure benefits. Unfortunately, many of these people may also have more than just questions, they may have certain misapprehensions.
The Food and Drug Administration -- the federal agency dedicated to "advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable" -- recently made a very important announcement that could have a major impact on the area of Social Security Disability benefits for mental conditions.
While some people may be incredibly intune with the inner workings of their bodies, a majority of people are not. This means that while some people may be able to treat their medical conditions immediately at the onset, others are not as fortunate. This can especially be a problem for people who suffer from mental disabilities that often times require treatment before serious complications arise. But what do you do if you're among the majority who can not detect the changes in your body before they cause problems?