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Dealing with the stress of the Social Security Benefits Application Process

Dealing with the stress of the Social Security Benefits Application Process

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked about dealing with the stress of the Social Security Benefits Application Process. In this video, Sharon Christie examines this question and provides you with the answer.

Official Transcript: Dealing with the stress of the Social Security Benefits Application Process

Hi I’m Sharon Christie your nurse attorney for Social Security disability benefits. If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability or perhaps you’ve already applied. I know it is a very stressful time and a very stressful process for you before you even get into the application process. You have the stress of your health problems plus the stress of not being able to work and now add it on to that you have the stress of the Social Security Disability process.  

So how can you manage that process? Well, I’m going to tell you that the best way to manage it is to hire an experienced disability lawyer. Now how do I say that because the process itself can be confusing for someone who’s never dealt with it before. It can be very frustrating even for those of us that deal with it all the time and that is just going to add to your stress. You want to be in a position where you have someone you can contact when you have questions. Someone who will handle all of the paperwork for you. Someone who is going to be responsible for gathering all of the evidence that you need to prove your case and you want that person to be somebody who’s not you because you have enough to deal with just handling your health problems.

Now I know this because of all of the clients that I’ve worked with over many years. I understand the stress that they have just trying to do whatever they can to feel better. If you add on to that the stress of this process, it makes the goal of feeling better even harder. So, that’s the first thing you can do.  

The second thing you want to do is just think about what the process entails. Understand it so that you know what’s coming next. That’s where your lawyer is going to come into play and your lawyer staff to help you understand the steps in the process and what happens at each step so that you’re prepared. You also want to make sure that you are keeping your doctor’s appointments and your therapists’ appointments. That’s very important for your case but it will also help you to deal with the stresses because if you find that you are feeling overwhelmed you need to tell your doctor or your therapist and get some recommendations from them as to what you can do to reduce the stress. You know one of the things that you hear from all of the experts for anybody trying to reduce stress is exercise.

Now for many people who are suffering from health problems vigorous exercise is not possible but is there something that you are able to do? Maybe you can take a short walk but for a lot of I know for a lot of my clients that’s not possible. So maybe you want to look at things like just sitting calmly. Some people call it meditation some people call it breathing exercises. You can google those things and you’ll get lots of options and instructions on things that you can do to just help yourself to calm down as you go through the process because the anxiety can really ramp up at times and it’s just going to worsen your other health problems. So, you want to reach out get some help get a disability lawyer to help you through the process. Talk to your doctor. Talk to your therapist to find out from them what are some good ways that you could use to try to reduce your stress or to at least reduce your anxiety and help you to be calm as you go through the process and just keep pushing forward.  

The Path to Social Security Disability Benefits with Sharon Christie Law

Step 1: Understanding Social Security’s Definition of Disabled

The definition of disabled, according to Social Security, is that you have severe limitations from your health problems that keep you from doing any kind of work for at least 12 consecutive months. This is the first thing we look at when evaluating your case. Your diagnosis is just the starting point. To get disability benefits for you, we must prove that your disabling condition causes severe limitations in your day to day activities.

Step 2: Medical Records in Your Disability Case

You must have medical evidence to prove your disability case. The most important evidence is your medical records that show your diagnosis, your symptoms, and your response to treatment.

Step 3: Don’t go it alone: How Sharon Christie Law Can Help You

At Sharon Christie Law, a Social Security Disability Law Firm, we recognize that no one ever plans to get so sick that they have to stop working. When you need to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits we recognize that you will be anxious about the process and whether you can qualify for disability benefits. Our goal at Sharon Christie Law is to help you win your case and give you the financial stability you need! Why work with us?

We do it all for you: At Sharon Christie Law we handle all aspects of the case for you, from preparing and filing your application through the hearing with a judge. We are with you every step of the way.  When working with us, you focus on feeling better, and we focus on winning your case.

We return your phone calls: We understand that you have many questions regarding Social Security Disability Benefits. We never want you to wonder what is happening with your case. We are here to answer your questions. All phone calls and emails are returned within 24 hours. That is our promise to you.

We believe in client education: The Social Security Disability process is confusing. We think it is important that you understand each step in the process. So, we created a section on our website that is accessible only to clients. This client’s only section tells you everything you need to know about the disability process.