Three More Questions and My Answers from Webanswers[cuz I'm vain like that]...
There is such a thing as a "hidden" or "invisible" disability.
Some disabilities have physical components to them and are obvious. Blindness, deafness, spinal cord injuries are examples of these.
Other disabilities do not have observable physical signs. Traumatic brain injuries may fall into this class. Some psychiatric disabilities, learning disabilities, fatigue-related disabilities, and blood disorders are examples of less obvious disabilities.
If you are not someone's physician or other helping professional then you do not know if a person is lazy or scamming the system. My friend was once criticized for using a disabled parking space [and she was in possession of the proper permit]. She turned to the man who criticized her and said three words, "I have cancer." He had the grace to apologize to her. [And yes, it was terminal cancer. She recently died].
US disability law references the ability to do work that a claimant had previously done. A surgeon who acquires a muscular-skeletal disease may not be able to perform surgery any longer. That surgeon would become eligible for Social Security Disability payments.
People who are fixing their roofs or plastering their pools may still be unable to consistently apply the effort to work full-time due to the nature of their disabling conditions. A child with ADHD is certainly considered disabled because that condition has the potential to limit school and career success.
The next time you "decide" that this person or that person "looks fine" and "should be working full-time," please remember that you just may be wrong.
Borderline personality disorder is a specific set of symptoms which point to a dysfunction in the ways that the sufferer manages his or her emotions, self-image, and interpersonal relationships. People who have this personality disorder may have extreme and frequent changes in mood, chronic feelings of emptiness or boredom, abandonment issues, sudden anger reactions which seem extreme to others, suicidal ideation, cutting, feelings of numbness, fluctuating self-image and poor self-esteem as well as a habit of over-idealizing/emotionally discarding others.
Symptoms of borderline personality disorder can often begin in childhood but typically is not diagnosed until the sufferer is in his or her teens or early twenties. Those who have symptoms of this disorder are often victims of childhood abuse. Medication along with supportive psychotherapy are often used in treating BPD. Martha Lineham has pioneered Dialective Behavioral Therapy which teaches those with BPD and others specific ways of regulating emotions. Nathanial Branden is a well-known author whose books may aid in teaching specific practices associated with raising self-esteem. The Samaritan Counseling Centers (USA) are known for treating folks who have experienced childhood trauma.
The degree of impairment experienced by someone with BPD varies greatly and also depends on the entire clinical presentation. Some folks with BPD are able to work but will experience more difficulties in their relationships with their co-workers and employers than the average worker does. Others are not able to work and can be found in day hospital programs and community residences. Folks who have borderline personality disorder may be viewed by treatment providers as difficult [non-compliant] patients. Folks who have BPD who are in committed romantic relationships have extreme difficulties maintaining any stability with their partners, however those who attend treatment have better outcomes in a general way than those who don't. Symptoms of borderline personality disorder may naturally burn out when the sufferer reaches his or her fifties.
Schizo-Affective disorder is a condition characterized by symptoms of both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder type 1 [manic depression]. Someone who has this condition will experience the highs and lows associated with bipolar disorder and also the disordered thinking associated with schizophrenia. Folks who have bipolar type 1 often respond well to medication and are able to function well in society. Folks who have schizo-affective disorder generally display more impairment even when treated adequately with medication and need more support in day-to-day living.
Someone who has bipolar 1 when experiencing a manic episode will have racing thoughts, hyper-sexuality, decreased need for sleep, and impulsive actions. When someone who has schizo-affective disorder experiences a manic episode, he or she will have psychotic symptoms such as auditory and/or visual hallucinations along with the bipolar 1 symptoms.
The best treatment for either disorder is careful evaluation by a psychiatrist and pharmacology [medication]. A specific danger inherent in both bipolar 1 and schizo-affective disorder is rapid cycling. Without medication management, manic and depressive episodes can occur four or more times a year.
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