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Dealing with a Disability that’s Invisible

Published on July 26th, 2021

What is an Invisible Disability?

When someone has a disability, they may use a wheelchair, walker, hearing aid, or another assistance device. However, not all disabilities look like this. Some disabilities show no outward signs despite their impact on a person’s life.

According to the Invisible Disabilities Association, an invisible disability is “a physical, mental, or neurological condition that is not visible from the outside.” Invisible disabilities may also be referred to as hidden disabilities or non-visible disabilities. In short, they can be any disability that isn’t obvious to the outside world, and unfortunately, they often lead to misunderstandings and judgments from other people.

Common invisible disabilities include Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease, Lupus, chronic headaches and migraines, anxiety, and depression.

How Does an Invisible Disability Affect Someone?

How Does an Invisible Disability Affect Someone

Just like visible disabilities, invisible disabilities seriously affect different areas of your life. You may be unable to work, care for yourself at home, or see friends as often as you’d like.

Invisible disabilities have the added challenge of remaining hidden from other people. You might not know how to ask for help or explain your situation to friends and family. You might feel frustrated, guilty, or isolated. You might even feel like everything you’re experiencing is all in your head.

Coping with an Invisible Disability

Coping with an Invisible Disability

The good news is that you aren’t alone, and your disability is valid. The majority of people who have a disability in the US have one that’s not immediately apparent to other people.

When dealing with an invisible disability, it’s important to find support from people you trust. Reach out to a family member or friend, and talk to them about what you’re going through. Explain what your limitations are and how they can help you live your best life.

Joining a support group is another great way to cope with an invisible disability. There are plenty of support groups out there for all types of physical and mental conditions. Ask your doctor or therapist for a list of support groups that provide invisible disability resources. If your condition limits your activity, you can also search for a support group that only meets online.

Reach Out to Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates

With an invisible disability, you may feel like applying for social security disability benefits is too difficult. Although these types of disabilities present additional challenges, receiving benefits is not impossible.

Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates has more than 20 years of experience representing people with disabling conditions and chronic illnesses. Their law firm is very familiar with the medical field and can take the stress out of fighting for social security disability benefits. With 7 locations in Illinois, Rabin & Associates is the best place to find a disability benefits lawyer in Chicago, IL.

Read more about whether you may qualify for social security disability benefits. When you’re ready to start the process of securing your SSDI or SSI, contact Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates for a free initial consultation.

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