More than half of all Social Security Disability benefit seekers are first denied after their initial application. Accordingly, one should make certain every effort is made to properly fill out the appropriate forms and documents when applying. But, for New Yorkers who are already suffering from a mental disorder, injury or medical condition, obtaining all the necessary paperwork can be not only demanding and intimidating, but also physically and mentally exhausting.
Mental disorders often come with a certain stigma in New York. It is often easier to diagnose a physical disability or a medical condition by running tests to scans that show the condition, injury or illness. But, for mental conditions, it is often harder to diagnose and even prove the condition exists. Furthermore, do to their often cyclical nature, a victim suffering from a mental disorder may show no signs or symptoms for days or even weeks. That does not mean that the condition does not exist, nor does it mean that the mental condition is not disabling to the victim.
New York Asian Americans are celebrating the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Monkey. Concurrently, the Social Security Administration posted information that stressed the importance of the administration to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, both of whom are a significant portion of Social Security Administration, or SSA, beneficiaries.
Over the years, the Social Security Administration, or SSA, has received a steady increase in applications for its Social Security Disability Insurance programs from New York residents and throughout the country. According to the SSA's annual report, from the early 2000's until 2013, applications have increased from 1.9 million to almost 2.7 million.