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Many children hindered by obsessive compulsive disorder
Posted July 16, 2014

There are many children across the United States who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. In fact, S. Evelyn Stewart, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, wrote on the International OCD Foundation Scientific Advisory Board’s website that one in every 200 children are impacted by OCD. This can mean problems at school, disrupted routines, problems with self-esteem and anger management issues, all of which can be debilitating to developing children.

In the most serious cases of OCD, parents may want to look into disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. This can help with medical payments and other expenses while the child is treated. Cases may be made worse by children who suffer from peripheral mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, due to OCD.

Psych Central said it is imperative to recognize the cycle children go through when suffering from OCD. This can be triggered by a stressful or traumatic experience and can include:

  • A trigger thought, image, event or other situation
  • Obsessions
  • Intense feelings
  • Compulsions
  • Temporary relief

“Find a specialist who is trained to treat OCD by implementing cognitive-behavioral therapy that includes Exposure and Response Prevention,” Psych Central said, adding that studies have shown this to be the most effective treatment. No matter what kind of treatment you seek, keep medical records for the case, as this will be needed to obtain benefits from an SSA Administrative Judge.

Psychological testing, including IQ and other cognitive tests, can be very compelling evidence to a judge. Schools records, especially IEPs, can also enlightened a judge concerning the child’s ability to function in the domains used by the SSA to determine childhood disability. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates are experts in preparing and presenting evidence of childhood disability.

Headaches, depression could have close tie
Posted July 09, 2014

There has been success by those with severe or debilitating headaches in applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. However, there could be more to a relationship between headaches and depression, especially after mild traumatic brain injuries, according to a report from the American Headache Society.

After suffering from an mTBI, patients with headaches are 5 times more likely to be depressed than those without headaches, according to the report. Those who were depressed were also far more likely to have headaches. This showcases the extreme importance of treating not only these injuries, but a patient’s mindstate after they suffer from any kind of head injury. Doctor visits will also be essential in obtaining SSA disability benefits, as administrative judges need to see a doctor’s opinion on the matter.

Sylvia Lucas MD, PhD, clinical professor of neurology and neurological surgery, University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, said that early diagnosis will also be helpful in treating these headaches and depression over time. This means that even though these may be linked and debilitating now, patients will hopefully not have to rely on SSA benefits for money and will be able to eventually return to work.

“Even if we see these people early on in our clinic or in the emergency room and they have no symptoms, it’s certainly worth seeing them in follow-up,” she said.

Claimants who are attempting to win SSA disability benefits based on severe headaches must support their claim with evidence. Judges must see how the symptoms of their headaches impact their ability to function.

It is essential to keep a headache log to document the type, frequency and severity of your headaches. Additionally, medical evidence of treatment and medications employed are essential in getting disability benefits based on headaches.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have many years of experience fighting for our clients. We are experts in assembling and presenting evidence to the SSA for clients seeking to win disability benefits due to severe headaches.

Six percent of the population suffers from serious mental illness
Posted June 30, 2014

Mental illnesses are often overlooked in modern society. While people have gotten better about going to doctors for issues such as anxiety, depression and other mental disorders, they often go unreported. However, many of these serious illnesses could be bad enough to stop an individual from working and could net them disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

A report from the National Institute of Mental Health claims that about 26.2 percent of American adults 18 and over suffer from a diagnosable mental illness and 6 percent suffer from a serious mental issue. NIMN researchers said mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada.

Anxiety disorders were the most common mental illness for people to suffer with, as there are 40 million Americans ages 18 and older who suffer with this to some degree. Many may actually be affected by compounding disorders, NIMN said.

“Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time,” according to the report. “Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.”

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick Associates have successfully represented hundreds of clients over the past 30 years who suffer from debilitating mental illnesses. This affects adults and children; in both, the symptoms of mental illness and side of effects of treatment drugs can be extremely debilitating such that a person cannot function in a work or school setting. We are experts at proving mental illness claims before the Social Security and Veterans Administrations.

Disability makes finding work much harder
Posted June 24, 2014

Those who suffer from a disability have a harder time finding work than those who do not, according to a recent Labor Department report. About 12 percent of Americans who are 16 and older have a disability, but this group only accounts for 3 percent of those who have a job in the U.S. It’s not hard to imagine why the number of applicants filing for Social Security Disability has been on the rise over the years.

Rodger DeRose, president of the Kessler Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to improve employment and job-training options for Americans with disabilities, told The Wall Street Journal that there are some big challenges for those with disability and companies looking to hire them. There are fears and doubts that those with disability will be able to meet demands of a job, but he said there is more willingness today than there has been.

“Companies are slowly engaging,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “We’re seeing more of it with big companies now starting to actively participate in hiring.”

However, the numbers do not lie. The Labor Department report found that 17.6 percent of people who were disabled had a job in 2013, which is down slightly from 2012. Currently, there are 28.6 million people over 16 who have a disability. Americans without a disability are much better off, it seems.

According to the Labor Department, 64 percent of Americans without a disability had a job, with a 7.1 percent jobless rate as of the end of 2013. Much of the work was part time, as 34 percent of disabled workers were employed part-time, compared with 19 percent of those without a disability.

When a person can no longer work, the Social Security system is available to replace some of the income lost from the inability to work. If a person is denied disability benefits, the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates is ready, willing and able to help win your disability benefits.

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