Mental Disorders

These posts from Nash Disability Law in Chicago discuss how mental health disorders apply to Social Security Disability benefits.

Busting Myths About Mental Disorders and Social Security Disability

August 10, 2017

Myth #1: Disability recipients do not deserve their benefits. If the current administration in Washington gets the budget they have proposed, more than $72 billion will be cut from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs over the next ten years, which will clearly hurt the nation’s most at-risk population—those

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Free Training to Help Loved Ones with Mental Disorders

June 1, 2017

Caring for those who suffer from mental illness presents many challenges. Mental health professionals say that one of the most important lessons for families to learn is that they didn’t cause their loved one’s disorder and they can’t cure it. But, they can help their loved one to deal with their illness. Unfortunately, because of

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Examining the Impact of Childhood Trauma

May 17, 2017

Adverse Childhood Experiences—defined as any form of trauma or abuse which occurs in the lives of youngsters—can impact a person negatively well into adulthood and often times shadows their entire life. These traumas can be the result of intentional violence — such as child physical or sexual abuse, or domestic violence — or the result of a

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Is a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia Enough to Qualify for Social Security Disability?

April 19, 2017

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others.” Many with schizophrenia see things that are not there or hear voices that are not there. Others have symptoms of paranoia, where they

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