When it comes to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, there is one myth that many people continue to believe: Young people cannot receive and/or win disability benefits.
The federal government of the United States is almost labyrinthine in the complexity of its various branches. There are so many different divisions and programs that making sense of them all can be daunting. Many times, it may appear as if one part is unaware of what other parts are doing, which is to be expected in such a huge organization that employs so many different people. Further, it is sometimes true that spheres of responsibility overlap between departments and programs. For example, when an individual is hurt while at work, or contracts a disease due to conditions at his or her place of employment, that individual may be eligible for different benefits from the government, such as Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
This blog has previously discussed some basics of applying for Social Security Disability benefits, including such terms as "Substantial Gainful Activity." The importance of understanding such terms is due to the fact that they are part of the legal definition of disability that is used by the Social Security Administration to determine eligibility for benefits both in Ohio, and nationally.
If you've applied for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, and been denied, you may be wondering what to do next. You may have heard or read that you can request a reconsideration or even a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. But what good would that do? After all, you gave the Social Security Administration all your information the first time, right? Why would having it looked at again make any difference?
There are many people in Ohio and around the nation who face the pain, economic hardship and social stigma of being considered disabled. This could be due to a physical disease or injury or a mental health issue that interferes with their ability to interact with others or get through an average day.
This space has been used previously to discuss various ways of qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance. Obtaining the correct documentation to prove to the Social Security Agency that you are unable to work due to a physical or mental condition that will last longer than a year or result in death can be difficult at the best of times. Further, as has been touched on before, most disability claims are denied at the first step of the application, meaning that case may have to go to a hearing in front of an administrative law judge, a process that can take some time to complete.
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Previously in this space, we have touched on the various requirements necessary to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. Both these federal programs, as administered by the states, serve as a safety net of sorts for those people who cannot earn an income because some physical or psychological handicap prevents them from being gainfully employed. As we have said in the past, this means that the person who is applying needs to show that he or she is unable to work due to a disabling condition, and that the condition is terminal, or has lasted or is expected to last longer than one year. But how does the Social Security Agency go about determining which jobs a person needs to show he or she cannot perform?
It is fairly well understood that depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental "illnesses" among the population of the United States. For example, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, as of 2012 almost 7 percent of adults in the U.S. had experienced a major depressive episode within the previous year. This means that, on average, seven out of every 100 residents of Ohio have had a problem with depression. Further, dealing with depression can be debilitating. The World Health Organization estimates that over 8 percent of U.S. "years lived with disability" are caused by depression, making it the single largest cause of disability among mental or behavioral disorders.