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Adjusting to Lifestyle Changes Caused by Disability

Adjusting to Lifestyle Changes Caused by Disability

| Oct 2, 2013

If you weren't born disabled, as many disabled people aren't, it can be a struggle learning to enjoy life while doing less. There may be times of tremendous frustration, sadness, and despair. 

Easier said than done, it's important to find new ways of living that make you happy.

 

Coping with your emotions

If an injury or illness is keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, it will inevitably have a profound impact on your emotional and mental well-being. Many disability advisors recommend that newly disabled people see counselors to help them sort through their emotions during this trying time.

Coping with limitations

Your body's new limits will likely be extraordinarily frustrating, making you angry and irritable. Working with a physical or occupational therapist to find new ways of using your body could help you overcome some of that frustration.

Coping financially

Often your new disability will keep you from working. Fortunately, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available to help you cope financially. The medical coverage and monthly stipend are designed to help disabled Americans get by. The application process can be complicated and many people - even truly disabled people - are rejected the first time they apply.

Working with an experienced disability lawyer can help you more confidently navigate the application and appeals process.

Adjusting to a lower income

Even if you are approved for SSDI benefits , you will probably bring home less money than you did when you were working, and adjusting financially could be a major challenge. You may want to talk with a financial advisor about potentially accessing your retirement and other savings.

Finding new passion

If your disability keeps you from working and from enjoying the activities that used to fill your days, it will be vital that you find new ways to enjoy life. There are plenty of hobbies you can manage even with your disability - and some you might have left behind during your busy and chaotic working days. Think about new ways to fill your time and find joy in every day.

Get help

The experienced legal team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you p ut together a strong Social Security Disability Insurance application or craft a compelling appeal that will give your case every advantage in getting approved by the Social Security Administration. Call today to schedule an appointment anywhere in South Carolina. We can meet you in your home or at one of our offices in North Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Orangeburg, Walterboro, or Moncks Corner.

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