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New Jersey institute helps disabled workers with mood disorders

For two consecutive years, New Jersey's JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute has been named one of the one of the nation's best by Rehab Management Magazine. That's good news for New Jersey's disabled workers, including the growing number of patients in the state suffering from mood disorders.

According to the SSA, mood disorders ranked as the second largest type of disability, accounting for 15.2 percent of all workers receiving Social Security disability benefits in December, 2011. Only musculoskeletal system and connective tissue problems impaired more of America's workers from fully performing their job duties, accounting for 29 percent.

At the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, workers suffering from mood disorders will receive state-of-the-art treatment. The institute employs two psychologists who assess each patient for adjustment disorders and depression. In fact, the institute has a wide variety of in and outpatient physical therapy programs that help people recover from many different categories of disabilities, including rehabilitation programs in the areas of stroke, brain injury, cardiac and orthopedics.

The not-for-profit institute is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The institute sees 300 new patients a month. The institute also has a connection to JFK Medical Center, a 498-bed community hospital considered by many to be one of the state's major health care facilities.

In order to qualify for disability benefits on the basis of a mood disorder, the SSA requires substantial documentation. Examples of that may include a medical diagnosis, a showing of the extent to which the condition prevents a worker from performing his or her job duties, and evidence that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of 12 months.

Unfortunately, initial applicants might be unsure of these requirements, which can result in a denial. For that reason, applicants may wish to consult with a Social Security disability attorney, who can help applicants present their best case.

Source: nj.com, "Edison's JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute named one of the best for second straight year," Anthony G. Attrino, Sept. 4, 2012

· Our firm handles situations similar to the one discussed in this post. If you would like to learn more about our practice, please visit our New Jersey Anxiety Disorder page.

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