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The Expansion of Mental Disorders and Social Security Disability Insurance
Posted in: Conditions/Illness on July 28th, 2011

Mental Illness and social securityOver the past fifty years, there has been a constant rise of the number of individuals who are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income due to mental disorders.

It has been a curious subject for most researchers, given that the number of adult individuals who now qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance due to mental issues has increased nearly two and a half times between 1987 and 2007.  According to these statistics, one in seventy six Americans now qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance due to mental disability, as compared to one in one hundred and eighty four Americans back in 1987.

Growing Concern

What might be more startling is the fact that the rates have also been permutated for children: in the same two decade span, the amount of children who are considered mentally disabled has risen thirty five times.  Mental illness is now the leading cause of disability in children.

There has been considerable debate on these numbers ever since they have come out.  Many individuals are now alleging that many perfectly normal people are now considered to have a mental disorder due to the reach and power of big pharma, who benefits more when there are people needing drugs to combat psychiatric conditions.  There is a Social Security Disability Insurance bent to this as well: the more people who are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, the fewer that will get it if there are an overwhelming number of applications from those who are mentally disabled.  It’s a difficult subject, and many experts are waiting with interest to see how the numbers will stack up over the next few years.

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