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People with mental illness disability still face discrimination

There has been much discussion in New Jersey and across the United States about how to better understand mental disorders. While discussion of the state of mental health services is generally a positive thing, there is still widespread misunderstanding and stigma among the population about people with psychological issues, including those who are disabled due to their mental illnesses.

We have discussed several forms of mental disability that might qualify people for Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions in New Jersey, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other personality impairments as well as alcohol and drug addiction and abuse. Unfortunately, part of a person's inability to work may spring from the way others in society view them. According to a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, people with substance abuse problems or mental disorders are some of the most stigmatized in society. Further, the report found that these conditions create barriers in the areas of housing, education and employment.

Indeed, according to a professor of social work at Rutgers University in New Jersey who specializes in research on health services for people with mental disabilities, studies from the last half-century indicate that those with psychiatric disorders face the prospect of more limited opportunities in important areas such as finding employment, and making friends. Also, because of bad experiences and the stigmatization they face, many of these people stop reaching out for help.

For New Jersey residents who cannot work due to a mental illness disability, life can be lonely and frustrating. However, there is help available, especially if these individuals need to apply for Social Security disability benefits to make ends meet. Experienced disability attorneys have dealt with such cases before and are ready to treat people with mental health issues with the respect and consideration they deserve.

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