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Millions of people receive benefits for mental illness disability

Mental illness has long been a subject of misunderstanding and fear in American society. For many years, those who suffered various psychological disabilities were shunned, or dismissed with words like 'crazy.' While late 20th and early 21st century advances in the understanding of the brain have helped the situation, there is still much we don't know about the best ways to deal with those who suffer from mental disability, which can make being one of these people a lonely prospect.

However, people with psychological disabilities are not alone. In fact, we may just be beginning to learn the true number of individuals who struggle with these difficulties on a daily basis. This blog has touched on the fact that the Social Security Administration recognizes that some mental illnesses can make it almost impossible for some people to remain gainfully employed. Because of this they accept applications for, and grant Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits to many people based upon mental disabilities.

In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as of 2013, more than 35 percent of the almost nine million recipients of disability benefits receive them due to some form of psychological disability. For those doing some quick math, that's over three million people! And those are just the individuals who have received benefits.

So, those New Jersey residents who struggle with ailments such as depression, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder or any number of other psychological ailments can rest assured they are not alone. If one's illness prevents one from being able to work, there may be a way to qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits based on a mental illness disability, just as many others have, with a strong application supported by appropriate medical evidence.

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