Whether it is early in life or during adulthood, receiving a diagnosis of a mental disorder is never easy for the individual and their loved ones. In some cases, such a diagnosis represents a better understanding of a person's limitations and struggles to live a normal life. For some residents in New York and other states, a mental condition means a disabling condition that makes it difficult to work or even perform basic life functions.
The Force has always been strong with Carrie Fisher, beloved actress and star from the original Star Wars trilogy of the 1970's and '80's, but this week Hollywood was left in mourning following the news that Fisher suffered a massive heart attack while on a flight from London to Hollywood and died later this week. Fisher reentered the spotlight last year after reprising her role as Princess Leia in the recent Star Wars: A Force Awakens film, which debuted last December, and has been touring while promoting her recently published memoir, which talks in depth about her battle with mental disorders, including bipolar disease
For many Americans, the holiday season is a season of joy and happiness. Whether you are engaged in parties with friends or co-workers, or enjoying a gathering of family members or friends at home, there often seems to be much to celebrate and be thankful for during these times.
Last week, Bruce Springsteen's long-awaited autobiography "Born to Run" hit bookshelves across the country. Fans of Springsteen may think of the rock and roll legend as immortal. Writing, recording and churning out music for over 40 years, Springsteen or "The Boss" as he is affectionately called, is known for his legendary live shows, which can last as long as four hours. But Springsteen is human, and humans are flawed. Springsteen recently opened up about his decades-long battle with depression, which he said affected him like "a freight train bearing down."
Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse problems. While many are able to live a productive life, for some, substance abuse can lead to the destruction of one's family, an inability to keep a job and in the case of overdoses, death.
Both those affected by migraine headaches and those who live or work in close proximity to migraine victims understand the severity of migraine attacks. For sufferers, it is often extremely difficult to function on any level while experiencing the extreme pain. Migraines are a serious condition for people throughout the New York metropolitan area. It is believed that throughout the world, nearly 15 percent of humans suffer from migraine headaches. For those suffering from chronic migraine attacks, it may be hard to work or do anything productive during the attacks.
Any New Yorker who turns on the nightly news or a cable news network is bound to see reports and news following the current United States presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, and Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and current Ohio Governor, John Kasich on the Republican side. Although, most of the news from the right is focused on front runners Trump and Cruz, Kasich, who technically cannot win the Republican primary by collecting enough delegate votes, remains in the race.
Many New Yorkers are not aware that in addition to serious illnesses and injuries, the Social Security Administration also includes mental disorders as qualifying conditions for Social Security Disability Benefits. The qualifying conditions include, but are not limited to, panic attacks, schizophrenia, mental retardation and bipolar disorders. But, what is bipolar disorder?
The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a long and arduous process. And, over two-thirds of Social Security Disability benefits claims were denied in the third quarter of 2015, according to statistics by the Social Security Administration. But, if you qualify and can prove your disability, you can receive the benefits you deserve.