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Will I be Able to Get Social Security Disability for Epilepsy

Will I be able to get Social Security Disability for epilepsy? You want to know this because epilepsy and/or complications resulting from the disorder have caused you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. financial-problems-and-disability-benefits The word “epilepsy” comes from the Greek word epi meaning “upon, at, close upon”, and the Greek word Leptos, meaning “seizure”. When taken together from the Greek, epilepsy means to seize, hold or possess. People are often frightened when they hear the word epilepsy. In addition, epilepsy has been misunderstood to a great extent. People who have epilepsy are not mentally retarded or “crazy”, and it is not contagious. Related disorders Epilepsy refers to a group of related disorders that all involve episodes of abnormal electrical activity in your brain. Epilepsy is usually marked by sudden brief episodes of diminished or altered consciousness, convulsions and/or involuntary movements. Epilepsy causes a temporary disturbance in the messaging systems between your brain cells. When this takes place, a seizure occurs, which causes your brain to become temporarily “mixed up” or “halted”. Epilepsy and seizures are not the same. You can have a seizure without having epilepsy. The reason for this is because a seizure may result from a lack of oxygen, a severe head injury, high fever or several other things that are not epilepsy. Seizure Seizure is the primary sign or symptom of epilepsy. However, it is only after a person has had two seizures of undetermined cause that a diagnosis of epilepsy is made. Because epilepsy refers to a group of related disorders, not all epilepsy is the same. There are different kinds of epilepsy that have different behavioral effects, which are treated with different methods. The most common kind of epilepsy is referred to as generalized seizures. This type of epilepsy starts in one area of your brain and spreads across your brain. Signs and symptoms of this kind of epilepsy include: Loss of consciousness, blacking out Muscle rigidity Convulsions Violent muscle contractions Sporadic (isolated) jerking movements Repetitive jerking movements No remembrance of having a seizure. The second primary form of epilepsy is known as partial seizures. With this kind of epilepsy, only a small area of your brain is affected. However, it is possible for a partial seizure to involve your entire brain. Possible signs and symptoms include: Unusual eye or head movements Repetitive movements (automatisms) Muscle contractions, followed by relaxation Muscle contractions on only one side of your body Blackouts Rapid pulse or heart rate Vision changes, dilated pupils or hallucinations. Again, epilepsy and/or complications from the disorder are why you are disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. Have you applied for the financial assistance you need by applying for Social Security Disability from the Social Security Administration? Were you denied? Important fact If you are going to reapply or appeal your denial, remember this important fact. Claimants with a disability attorney like the one at, are approved more often than people without a disability attorney. The best thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. Article written by James Shugart Connect with James on Google+