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Once approved, will one's SSD benefits continue indefinitely?

If a person in Alabama receives Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, he or she may think that once he or she qualifies for benefits, that is the end of the story and the benefits will continue forever. However, that is not true. If a person in receives SSD benefits, his or her eligibility for such benefits will be reviewed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) based on the severity of the recipient's medical condition.

Understanding the SSDI appeals process

A very unpleasant aspect of the Social Security Disability Insurance program is the high likelihood that most initial applications for benefits are denied. Nevertheless, people in Alabama who are considering applying for SSDI benefits should not let this unpleasant fact deter them. The federal regulations administered by the Social Security Administration has a multi-level appeal process that provides a significant opportunity to reverse the initial decision denying Social Security Disability benefits.

Alabamans with depression may need personalized treatment

Treating depression can be difficult, and many in Alabama may live with the symptoms of depression despite taking medication for the illness. For example, a certain medication might help a person for months or even years, but then the person will relapse back into the depression. Moreover, some medications help with some symptoms of depression, but not all symptoms of depression.

Does a mental condition qualify a person for disability benefits?

Individuals who are unable to work due to a catastrophic injury or serious medical condition may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, but what about individuals who are unable to work due to a mental condition? They are also eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, but the Social Security Administration employs its own definition of disability when approving benefits for mental conditions.

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