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Mental illnesses may be reason enough to receive SSDI benefits

Among the least-understood disabilities are mood disorders. The phrase itself is not particularly descriptive; one expert likens the fluidity of diagnosis as with cancer. There is not simply one kind of cancer; for example, skin cancer is very different from lung cancer, which is very different from breast cancer. These cancers function differently and attack different parts of the body. In a similar fashion, a mood disorder could refer to any number of things.

SSDI fillings represent societal changes, not abuse of the system

As the November elections draw ever closer, many politicians are staking out positions that show them to be responsible stewards of public money. A position that some have taken in recent months is a criticism of those people who receive Social Security Disability benefits. The thinking is that as the economy has worsened, people are using the system in order to maintain an income while they are out of work -- even if they aren't actually disabled. A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, however, shows that this account simply doesn't hold water.

Study: 1 in 8 fibromyalgia patients use cannabis for relief

People in Michigan and around the country who suffer from the debilitating illness fibromyalgia know that every day can be a struggle. Fibromyalgia is something of a mystery even to experienced doctors and researchers; its symptoms can range from pain in the joints and muscles to headaches and fatigue. There is no cure and managing the pain and discomfort can be challenging at best. Not only is going to work often out of the question, but simply managing everyday tasks such as housework or driving a vehicle can be next to impossible.

What does the health care ruling mean for those with a disability?

Over the last several weeks, the media has been buzzing about the long-awaited ruling on the legal intricacies of the Affordable Care Act, which is the health care reform law promoted by the Obama Administration. Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court answered the question that many Michigan residents had: A great majority of the law is constitutional.