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Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
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Social Security Disability and Working
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Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
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Narcolepsy, Social Security Disability, and Applying for Benefits
It is estimated that three million individuals worldwide suffer from narcolepsy and that there are about 200,000 in the United States alone. Narcolepsy is a life long neurological disorder that involves excessive daytime sleeping that occurs at inappropriate times and places for which there is no known cure. The cause of narcolepsy is not known; although there are indicators that narcolepsy may be the result of an autoimmune disorder or a genetic problem.
There are four classic symptoms of narcolepsy; cataplexy (muscle weakness that can be mild to total collapse), sleep paralysis (paralysis of the body immediately after waking up), hypnogogia (vivid dream like state with audio, visual, and tactile sensations just prior to falling asleep and just after waking up), automatic behavior (purposeless verbal or motor behavior with no conscious control from the individual).
Treatment of narcolepsy is based upon symptoms and therapeutic results, consequently each individual narcolepsy suffer has their own treatment plan. Treatment might include tricyclic anti depressants such as imipramine and clonipramine (cataplexy), amphetamine based drugs such as methylephenidate, racemic amphetamine, or even methamphetamine, and behavioral adjustments (taking short naps, not driving when sleepy etc.)
Medication and relaxation techniques have proven useful in treating narcolepsy. Other natural substances used to treat narcolepsy include lecithin, flaxseed, and cayenne powder.
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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria