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Animated avatars help schizophrenia patients overcome voices

"It's as if she left the room." For many people in Missouri suffering from audio hallucinations brought on by schizophrenia, having the voice in their head stop tormenting them would make a world of difference in their quality of life. Many people with schizophrenia have hallucinations that keep "talking" in their heads virtually all the time, often encouraging them to engage in self-destructive behavior.

Fibromyalgia and the awful pain it causes is real

Fibromyalgia is an illness that causes terrible pain and fatigue in people suffering from it, but the disease is not as well understood as others. For that reason, fibromyalgia used to be considered by some to be a psychosomatic condition, or only in the patient's mind. But as diagnostic methods have improved, fibromyalgia has moved into the mainstream. For example, a case that forces a sufferer in Columbia to stop working may qualify him or her for Social Security Disability benefits. 

Gov. Nixon asks Assembly to fund program for disabled children

The Missouri General Assembly has begun the final week of its 2013 legislative session. Barring a special session, the House and state Senate have until May 17 to complete the state's legislative business for the year. Among the items yet to be determined is funding for First Steps, an early intervention program for young children with developmental disabilities that may qualify them to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Criticism of Social Security Disability program misleading

The Social Security Disability program has made the news quite a bit in Missouri recently. Opponents of the program have tried to paint it as a way for people to avoid work by receiving government benefits. Some misunderstandings about how SSD works may lead some people to reach this unfair assumption.

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