The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities offers a two-part definition of what it means to suffer from an intellectual disorder. According to this group, an intellectual disorder involves limitations in a person's intellectual functioning and their adaptive behavior. While intellectual functioning has to do with a person's general intelligence, adaptive behavior has to do with how that person social and practical skills in their daily life.
The term mental illness relates to conditions that influence the way that people think, feel and behave. According to the American Psychiatric Association almost one out of every five American adults suffers from some form of mental illness and that some mental illnesses can directly affect the way people engage with their friends, families and work environments. Depression and anxiety are two mental illnesses that many North Carolina residents may have familiarity with in their own lives; schizophrenia, however, is a less common but equally debilitating mental illness.
Most Charlotte residents have battled their own personal struggles. While some have to cope with loss or addiction, others have faced adversity imposed upon them by outside forces. One of the most misunderstood issues that a person may suffer from is depression because it is not something that others can see or necessarily understand.
According to the advocacy group Autism Speaks, autism spectrum disorder is a class of conditions that can affect a person's social, communicative and behavioral development. It is not unusual for a child to be placed "on the spectrum" if they exhibit characteristics that fall into the range of possible autism disorders and autism can and does affect a person for their lifetime. While many North Carolina residents who live with autism spectrum disorder are able to lead fulfilling and successful lives, others struggle to care for themselves and to work for income.
Mental illnesses and psychiatric conditions are often misunderstood because they do not always manifest with physical symptoms. While it is easy for a Charlotte resident to demonstrate their disability if it involves a visible part of their body, it is impossible to tell by looking at someone if they suffer from stress, anxiety, depression or one of the many other mental illnesses that Americans are treated for each year.
It has happened to everyone. Sitting and waiting for something to happen, whether it is in anticipation of a happy event or in dread of an unpleasant occurrence, a person may experience a sneaking sense of anxiety creep into their body. Their heart may race and their mind may feel cluttered as it seems to take forever for the clock to slowly advance forward. These transient episodes of anxiety happen to practically all North Carolina residents but some individuals face lasting and uncontrollable anxiety disorders that affect every aspect of their lives.
When a Charlotte resident is unable to work it is common for others to assume that the condition preventing them from doing their job is physical. While many individuals suffer from chronic and accident-based physical ailments that prevent them from performing the tasks of their occupations, others suffer from just as debilitating but not always as obvious mental health conditions and illnesses.
Depression and depressive disorders are serious mental conditions that can affect every aspect of a Charlotte resident's life. From the manner in which they interact with their loved ones to their capacity to hold down a job, a serious depressive disorder can cripple a person's ability to earn an income and live a full life. Because mental illnesses and disorders such as depression can impose life-altering changes on a person, individuals who suffer from them may often apply for and receive Social Security disability benefits.
For a North Carolina resident who is suffering from mental illness to be approved for Social Security disability benefits, there must be evidence presented to the Social Security Administration to show that he or she meets certain federal requirements. There are multiple forms of evidence that are acceptable to the SSA, but many applicants are unaware that people who know them - friends, relatives, acquaintances - can provide this evidence to help prove the case. Schools and vocational programs can also provide records to indicate that the applicant filing for disability benefits has certain issues that warrant an approval for disability benefits.
Over the last several years more Americans have become aware of just how prevalent mental illness is in our country. Many people in North Carolina who are suffering from so-called minor mental health conditions, like depression and anxiety, are able to manage the symptoms of their illness by taking prescription medication and attending therapy sessions. However, there are some people who have mental health conditions that are much more serious. For these individuals, if they are unable to work because of the illness, they may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for mental conditions.