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Disability benefits for multiple sclerosis

As has been mentioned recently, multiple sclerosis is a disease that attacks the central nervous system, affecting the way different parts of the body receive signals from the brain. There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis, and it will progressively limit a New Jersey resident's ability to perform basic life functions.

Multiple sclerosis is one of many disabling conditions that originate in the brain or nervous system. It should be noted that it is not the same as a mental health condition, which usually results from a chemical imbalance in the brain, and can actually be verified by observing nerve damage. In any event though, it can limit a person's ability to walk, balance or even think clearly.

The Social Security Administration has recognized the disabling nature of multiple sclerosis and has listed it as a possible neurological diagnosis that could lead to a finding of disability. However, in addition to a New Jersey resident simply showing that he or she has multiple sclerosis, he or she must also demonstrate how the disease impacts his or her daily life.

Specifically, one must show a "disorganization of motor function" in two parts of the body, such as an inability to go from sitting to standing or an inability to balance while in motion. Alternatively, a person can show a "marked limitation" in being able to remember or concentrate, in being able to manage simple daily tasks or in being able to respond in a social situation.

Multiple sclerosis can leave person both in need of long term care and unable to work in either his or her current profession or any other suitable line of work. These people often rely on Social Security disability benefits as part of their plan to support themselves during their illness.

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