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Schizophrenia may make memory a challenge

Suffering from schizophrenia can be extremely challenging, as hallucinations, delusions, trouble speaking and other physical mental health issues can make it difficult to work and live. A recent study from UC Davis School of Medicine said the disease may also impact memory, an awful side effect that likely makes it far more difficult to hold a job and carry on with life.

Schizophrenia can impact how memory works (Photo by Jordan Sanchez)

Schizophrenia can impact how memory works (Photo by Jordan Sanchez)

“People with schizophrenia have difficulty retrieving associations within a context, and this creates a pervasive loss of memory that makes everyday life a challenge,” says J. Daniel Ragland, professor of psychiatry in the UC Davis School of Medicine, according to the school’s website. “You can’t work if you can’t remember the next step in what your boss told you to do.”

Dysfunction of the frontal and temporal lobe regions of the brain may be at the heart of these medical issues, according to the researchers. Trouble will often arise when trying to form relationships between items or facts, such as putting together ingredients for a meal or trying to form an anecdote.

For those suffering from schizophrenia, it is a good idea to get treatment as early as possible and apply for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. While this cannot make up for the loss of normalcy in life, the extra money from SSA benefits may help reduce a bit of stress and make it easier to exist.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates have been highly successful over the past 30 years in obtaining Social Security disability benefits for clients who are disabled from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Contact us today for your free consultation.

The problem with the Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration must fix the disability program.

The Social Security Administration must fix the disability program.

Anyone who has been following the Social Security Administration over the past few years can tell you how much financial trouble it is in, but few have answers to how it can be fixed.

Bloomberg’s Matthew Philips took the institute’s pending insolvency to task in a recent article, first citing President Dwight Eisenhower’s desire to have the SSA be run efficiency and effectively to help “rehabilitate the disabled so that they may return to useful employment.” These days, the SSA is a far cry from Eisenhower’s desire.

One problem the SSA has is its lack of ability to return the disabled to work. Philips noted that economists say it does more to keep some capable out of the labor force than it doe to help them back in.

There are currently 11 million people on disability, with less than 1 percent reentering the workforce in 2013. While the lack of incentive to return to work hurts, what may hurt even more is the 1 million rejected disability benefit applications waiting for appeal, causing a gigantic backlog spanning the entire United States.

Social Security disability benefits are necessary for millions across the country who cannot work, but does the current system work as it is laid out? Economically, it doesn’t seem to be working very well, as millions wait for benefits, more millions are on benefits with no incentive to get off of them, all the while the SSA is trying to figure out how it can be funded into the future.

“What is especially problematic is that [SSDI] absorbs people who might otherwise work when economic conditions improve,” Stanford economist Mark Duggan told Philips.

What can be done to help the SSA avoid disaster and insolvency? The most likely scenario is diverting part of Social Security’s payroll tax revenues to avoid disability benefit cuts, but this is not a permanent solution in and of itself. Duggan said it often takes a crisis before Congress makes meaningful reform; SSA has all the making of a crisis coming to light one day.

With case hearing dates taking far longer come to fruition and political pressure to deny claims, it is more critical than ever for a claimant to hire competent attorney to represent them as they seek SSA disability benefits. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates has more than 30 years of experience in successfully representing clients obtain their disability benefits.

Major illnesses, disability could lead to depression
Illness and disability may cause depression.  (photo by By Austin Ban)

Illness and disability may cause depression. (photo by By Austin Ban)

The effects of a major illness or disability can be devastating. The loss of an ability to move or function in a certain way takes enough of a toll on a human being, as we have seen with many of our clients who successfully apply and win disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

However, there may be an added effect for those with a major disability: depression.

The Tampa Bay Times spoke with Dr. Nick Dewan, a psychiatrist and medical director for behavioral health, who said they see the impact of depression on those who are disabled or ill every single day.

“Specialists like me see about a quarter of all cases, the ones that are more severe,” Dewan told the Times. “Most of the rest are handled by primary care docs. It’s so common to see depression in the face of illness that [we now have] social workers in primary care offices to create better access to mental health care.”

The more advanced an illness or disability is, the greater the chance there is of depression following. One report cited by the times found that 34 million of those 18 and older in the U.S., 17 percent of the adult population, suffered from depression in addition to a chronic health condition. About 25 percent of cancer patients develop depression, and approximately 33 percent of heart attack patients suffer from it.

No matter what disability or illness someone is suffering from, mental health cannot become an afterthought. It is important to seek treatment for the primary ailment, as well as SSA disability benefits if you cannot work, but don’t forget about mental health. If left untreated, the impact of depression can be life altering.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd. have successfully represented hundreds of clients suffering with depression receive their Social Security disability benefits. While this cannot be the last step to recovery, it may help with medical bills and could kickstart the road to recovery.