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OCD can result in Social Security; new surgery may help sufferers

A new surgery meant to help people who suffer from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder seems to have a dramatically positive effect, according to a new study. It should be noted that while the breakthrough surgery shows many good signs, it is still considered very risky; and the surgery is not a guarantee. Some OCD sufferers had the surgery and did not experience the success that others achieved.

Now, why are we talking about OCD on a Social Security Disability Benefits blog? Well, first of all, it is important for everyone to know that OCD is a condition that drives a person's actions because of intrusive thoughts. As a result, the condition can be very debilitating. Some people may only suffer minor forms of OCD -- which still affect their lives, but allow them to carry on normally.

Others, though, suffer from "extreme OCD," which makes it impossible for them to leave their home. They may require assistance or care for a majority of their lives, if not for the rest of their lives. These OCD sufferers are why we mention the condition, which qualifies people for SSDI benefits. Extreme OCD sufferers have almost no chance of attaining work, let alone retaining it.

Social Security Disability benefits are absolutely vital to these people, and they need the financial compensation to live.

The surgery we mentioned above, though, could also be very helpful. According to the study -- which graded the "extreme OCD" that patients suffered from on a numerical scale -- 37 percent of them saw their OCD score improve by at least 35 percent. Another 10 percent of patients saw their score bump up at least 25 percent. That's nearly half the patients seeing a dramatic improvement in their OCD.

Source: LiveScience, "Brain Surgery Is an Option for Patients with Severe OCD, Study Suggests," Rachael Rettner, June 3, 2013

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