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Living with sleep apnea can be exhausting

Do you wake up every morning feeling just as -- or more -- tired than you did when you went to sleep? If so, then you understand just how debilitating sleep deprivation can be. You may have trouble concentrating and can't perform daily tasks efficiently anymore.

Many people in New Jersey suffer from sleep deprivation for a variety of reasons, but yours may result from a medical condition called sleep apnea. If your spouse or partner constantly complains of your incredibly loud snoring, you may want to consult with your doctor to see if you suffer from this condition, which can have serious health consequences.

What is anxiety disorder and how can you address it?

We all get stressed from time to time. While it is normal, especially when individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere are going through a hard time because of work, relationship, family or financial problems, it is problematic when these stresses cause one to suffer anxiety or depression. These mental conditions can take over a person's life, making it difficult for them to maintain a normal life, care for him or herself or even go to work.

What is anxiety disorder, what are the signs and how can you address it? Currently, it is estimated that 2.6 billion people in the world suffer from anxiety disorder. That means roughly one-third of the world's population are living with this disorder. Clinical anxiety can range greatly from person to person It can take the form of fretfulness, distractedness and even panic attacks. No matter what symptoms a person experiences, all of them cause an individual to feel lousy.

SSD benefits for a back disorder

Back pain plagues many individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere. It tends to be chronic and can greatly impact a person's ability to get through the day. If individuals do not take the time to address the back pain they are currently experiencing, a back disorder could gradually develop. This means a worsened condition that could prevent an individual from being able to do their day-to-day things, care for him or herself or even work.

A back disorder could gradually occur over time due to repetitive activity. However, it could also develop after a single traumatic event. Oftentimes, the slow and progressive onset of this injury, individuals frequently ignore the condition until the symptoms become more pronounced. But at this time, the injury is often disabling for the individual suffering from it.

Understanding the Ticket to Work Program

Suffering an injury in the workplace is unexpected and difficult to cope with. Not only is an individual dealing with the pain and suffering related to the injury, he or she is unable to return to work because of their current disabling condition. Temporary and permanent disabilities caused by an injury could prevent workers in New Jersey and elsewhere from maintaining an income. Thus, this is where Social Security disability benefits come in.

While SSD benefits can help offset the financial hardships caused by a disabling injury, recipients of these benefits are likely to want to return to work one day. Even if an injury prevents an individual from working for several years, it is always possible that he or she might be ready to return to work once their condition has healed or improved.

Can you start a business if you are receiving SSD benefits?

Living with a disability is challenging. For some, this means giving up working because they simple are physically unable to. The inability to work not only impacts a person financially but could also impact their quality of life. Thus, those living with disabilities seek other outlets to fill this void and even obtain an income. Social Security disability benefits can help with meeting a person's basic needs, but sometimes it just simply is not enough.

Can you start a business if you are receiving SSD benefits? The simple answer to this is yes. Many SSD recipients are afraid that their benefits will be revoked the second they start earning money, but this is not always the case. There are three steps that determine if the work a person is doing is substantial gainful activity. This includes the significant services and substantial income test, the comparability test and the worth of work test.

Helping you through the process to recover SSD benefits

When one thinks about disabilities, many think of those that are physical. While these types of disabilities caused by injuries and illnesses plague many, many suffer silently because his or disability cannot be seen by the naked eye. While some mental conditions have signs and symptoms that indicate that a person is suffering from such a disorder, other mental conditions are harder to spot.

Anxiety, depression and panic disorders may not be obvious to those who don't know much about them, but these mental conditions can be debilitating. While they may not start out as something that prevents one to enjoy or maintain a normal life, these disorders can worsen over time. Because of that, some sufferers seek Social Security disability benefits.

Diabetes can have debilitating effects on your health

You may be one of the growing numbers of people here in New Jersey and across the country who suffer from diabetes. This condition can lead to a number of issues that could leave you with debilitating health issues. In fact, it may even reach the point where you can't work or struggle to get through day-to-day activities.

If you find yourself unable to work due to the dangerous and chronic effects of diabetes, you may be able to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. However, simply receiving a diagnosis of diabetes is not enough. You will need to provide evidence that diabetes and its related conditions keep you from finding gainful employment. It may help to understand the conditions that diabetes can cause that could lead to your inability to work and the need for benefits.

Panic disorders and their debilitating effects

We all feel uneasy at times. Whether we are just having a bad day, got bad news or just are not feeling well, we can have that icky feeling in our gut telling us we are not right. While it is common for these feelings to come and go, others are plagued by anxiety. A panic disorder can be very debilitating if the symptoms begin to overrun one's life. Thus, it is important to understand what a panic disorder is, what treatment options are available and what options you have if you find yourself unable to work because of this mental condition.

A panic disorder is when a person experiences spontaneous panic attacks accompanied with the fear of a reoccurring attack. These attacks occur unexpectedly, evening causing some individuals to wake from sleep. Roughly 2 to 3 percent of Americans experience panic disorder each year. Additionally, women are twice as likely as men to suffer form a panic disorder.

What are the symptoms and treatments for Crohn's disease?

When we picture a person with a serious illness we imagine them looking physically ill and in pain. While this is the case for some major illnesses plaguing residents in New Jersey and elsewhere, it is important to note that not all major illnesses are physically noticeable. This means that some individuals suffering debilitating illnesses are silently suffering. Nonetheless, this does not make them any less sick or disabled.

Take for example Crohn's disease. Roughly 1.4 million Americans currently suffer from this disease that is marked by the inflammation of the lining of the GI tract. This disease is considered to be very painful and can significantly disrupt the lives of those living with it.

The wait time for SSD benefits could lengthen

Living with constant pain, needing ongoing medical care and being unable to work is the unfortunate story of several individuals in New Jersey and other states across the nation. Serious illnesses could be the reason a person must remain at home. Although this means that his or her health is taking top priority, it also means financial hardships because no income is being made.

Currently, there are about 150 million workers that are insured through Social Security disability not only for old age but also in cases where he or she suffers a serious injury or illness that prevents them from working before they hit retirement age. Estimates suggest that roughly 8.7 million disabled workers currently get an average of $1,172 a month, which is barely enough to live on based on current living standards.

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