Sandra-BP brings new meaning to Life's Little Ups and Downs
Disability is very hard to get, almost everyone gets turned down the first time, no matter what the diagnosis. Mental illness is the hardest to get because there are no definitive medical tests to back it up.
My pdoc got me ready for all of this, so I wasn't surprised at all. Even tho I had been her patient for 8 years and she had been telling me for three years I MUST stop working, I said No Way, I'm not disabled! I didn't want to quit working, I loved what I did, but I admit the stress of it was way too much and I was hospitalized twice in the span of a 1 1/2 year period. I am a VERY strong minded and stubborn person with an abundance of pride. But, finally I had to agree I could no longer handle it, even with frequent changes of jobs, always looking for that less stress. I supose I brought much of it on myself, I just automatically overachieve and am an extreme perfectionist. If I made ANY kind of mistake, I would obsess over it for days, lose even more sleep than usual and think of it 24/7. I coudln't change that. So I finally gave in. Got rejected, my pdoc said most don't get anywhere without an attorney, so I hired one over the phone, and 2 months later got my first check. I had not been working for 2 years, thinking I would go back, and still didn't apply for SSDI, so they paid me retro, my check was for 14,500. (The attorneys take 25% off top). I paid off my SUV I had bought 2 months before I left work, and blew the rest (bought a show horse, all the trimmings and other s**** to go with it, and then about 37K on credit cards on stuff I don't even remember, I dont have much to show for it because I still refused to stay on meds).
OK, sorry I rambled, you know by now that's what I do, lol, but that's my experience with SSDI and pretty much everyone''s. I suggest you get a lawyer involved, or the usual wait is a year or more. Sometimes less, of course, you just never know. True, your age will help.
Just an aside, major depression is every bit as much of a qualification as BP whether the patient is "in love" with their diagnosis or not. And there are people in CA who get disability, Sandra is saying it's harder to get there, and that is probably true.
Thanks Sandy & Arenace- Just a quick "aside"---tho you "hear" many things about what states it's "easier" or "harder" to get SS disabilty---truth is ---& the truth is I got this info from a SSD Atty I WILL be using in event i get turned down-----SSD is a "FEDERAL" issue...& the guidelines are the same for each state (ie: all states use the same "grid chart"---you can do a search on "Social Sceurity Grid for disability") ----hence, the same criteria are used.
Anyone---that's neither here nor there-----as i said--i just can't work (like Shannon----i really enjoy what i do---working on phone as consultant)---but, my mind just can not hold thoughts for long!!!! My attention span is "shot"..& i feel so tired & fatigued all the time.
Again---"THE" bigeest factor is age!!! (this was told to me by 2 different SS attorneys---)----They try to get younger people (people in their 30s & early 40s)----to other types of work---but onve you get into the 55+ age grid---your odds go up---like close to 60% (I've seen the grid...& the age factor is amazing-----the same criteria that would get a person in their 30s "turned down" for disabilty....is "good enough" for a person---say 55 or over. It's a fascinating "grid system"..& not as "arbitrary" as most people think--(the atty i'll use---& i'm ASSUMING i'll get turned down----is a friend who went to college with me----& his explanation of the system truly surprised me----as i---like many others--thought it varied from state to state & it was kinda "arbitrary".)
Anyone---would like to hear from SOMEONE who did get their disabilty for any kind of mental illness---on the first try. Thanks again--Robert
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Shannon---i agree the way SS works does not seem right. But, attys say THEIR (SS)--thinking is----if a person can do "Transferable " work (That's the term in the Grid. My friend, 55, had a triple bypass in 2000---his work was as a contractor (drywall, etc)----he was turned down--SS said he was able to do "transferable" work (ie: desk work, paper work)----he finally got an atty & 3 months later was approved.
Unfortunately, Soc. security WANTS people who are LEGITAMATELY DISABLED....to become discouraged & "give up"...& that mind set is sad!
Also---as i said about the grid----age is a prime factor. Shannon, you are obviously disabled---& you got your deserved disabilty. I'm just EXPLAINING the system---Lord knows---i do NOT like it!!!!
I'm praying--PRAYING --i can get approved the 1st time----I'm feeling soo lousy now----i don't feel like going thru all that BS that Soc. Security throws at us. So, please, don't misunderstand----i am not defending their system---just explaining it...with all of its flaws & wrongs!!!!
Hope that clears things up. PS--Shannon---what happens to you is not all uncommon----many people get turned down once, some twice, before approval---some--get it on the first shot.(For me---gosh, both my therapist & my pdoc told me i am disabled & will write it in their report---WHY then--would they --turn me down???) Even like my atty friend says---"You can't predict it---it seems totally unpredictable." Blessings to all--Robert
Yes, I have applied, did so, in late June. Had my telephone interview July21. I got a letter from my "adjudicator" (they assign everyone an adjudicator---whose job it is to gather all of the medical records from ALL of a person's different ailments----as well as the relevant med records from my therapist & pdoc.
I talked w my adjudicator & contrary to popular belief--she was very nice & helpful. She sensed i was nervous. I said i felt a bit embarrassed, filing for disability-as i've worked my entire life. She said, "Don't be nervous, that's what we're here for." She said my therapist sent in very detailed info which was good.
I'm supposed to be notified by mail w a decision within 2 wks. I'm praying for this, as i & my wife need the financial help.
Thanks for your thoughts, Jennifer. I'll keep you posted. Blessings-Robert