Mental And Physical Disabilities In The United States

Millions of people in the United States live with severe mental and physical disabilities. While physical disabilities affect a person either temporarily or permanently while restricting their physical mobility, mental disabilities are defined in terms of emotional and psychological well-being. Reports reveal that the main cause behind physical disabilities can be genetic disorders, inherited disorders, injury, or serious illness. However, mental health can be affected by several biological factors like brain chemistry, genetics, and life experiences such as abuse or trauma. 

Caring for Disabilities

A serious or long-term physical or mental disability can be a serious concern for the patient and the affected families. The person with the disability is generally unable to work and it hampers the income levels of the entire family. Although the patients can receive several social security disability benefits, this money can hardly cover the lost wages. If we look at the stats, almost 22% of people in the United States are experiencing some kind of disability. Here we are going to list some of the most common mental and physical disabilities that people face at United States to boost your knowledge base:

Anxiety Disorders

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it is possible to treat anxiety disorders but only a fraction of those affected seek or receive treatment. Several people get diagnosed with both depression and anxiety which can pose serious harm to their normal life routines. The common symptoms include fatigue, restlessness, feeling agitated, excessive worrying, difficulty sleeping, tense muscles, and panic attacks. 

Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired brain injuries occur due to the damage caused to the brain area after birth. There are many factors contributing to this disease: stroke, blow to head, drugs, alcohol, lack of oxygen, cancer, and AIDs. People who have brain injury often find it difficult to process information, solve problems and do planning for everyday routines. It may also cause some unexpected changes to personality, learning ability, sensory and physical abilities. 

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord can get injured when too much pressure is applied. It may also get harmed when the normal oxygen or blood supply to the spinal cord gets restricted. The main difficulty people face under this condition is related to mobility. In some cases, spinal cord injury can also result in loss of body functions below the chest area or in severe cases, it may damage body functions below the neck area. Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injury are blood clots, infections, arthritis, cancer and degenerative spinal conditions. 

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorders can affect women and men equally. If we look at the stats, the median age for symptoms of bipolar disorder is 25 years; but it may develop at later stages as well. People suffering from this mental health issue may experience manic episodes with behaviour and mood swings that may occur suddenly. The diagnosis for bipolar disorders may include psychiatric evaluation, physical exam and charting of mood. 

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Special Needs Attorney

If your loved one has a disability, you may wish to seek the counsel of a special needs attorney to help cover their medical and related care expenses by supplementing their government assistance with the financial assets you want to give to them. You can give Burris Law a call today.

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