Applying for disability....need advice....

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   Posted 8/19/2005 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, everyone I am new to Healingwell....I applied for disabilty in May 2005, I have filled out all the paper work, and now they have scheduled me to see one of their psycholigist(can't spell) I am really nervous about this....I don't know if it is a good thing or a bad thing....Don't know what to expect?  If anyone has been through this what is it like....Please respond..Maybe it will calm me down....My doctor was the one who said I shouldn't work for a year...I have been treated by the same doctor for 13 years,  hospitalized about 13 years ago....I have had several jobs during this time and I get so overloaded I can't handle it....All I know is that my husband can't continue to bare the burden of working overtime all the time to make ends meet.....Any advise would greatly be appreciated.......  T.Champ

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   Posted 8/20/2005 1:59 AM (GMT -6)   
If you get denied, do not horse around. GET A LAWER RIGHT AWAY! I waited till second denial and now still fighting to get it.
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   Posted 8/20/2005 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice, pin.  Did you have to see any of their dr.s?

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   Posted 8/21/2005 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Champ,

I have no personal experience with this . . . but others posting on the lupus forum and here in depression forum have said that they had to be seen by the agency docs before their claims were approved.

I hope things go well for you.

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   Posted 8/22/2005 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I've done quite a bit of research on this---as i just applied for disability. They (SS)---use a "Grid". One of the biggest AGE!!! If you apply and are 55+---your odds go way up (they figure you not as versatile as far as doing any kinda different work or to be "retrained".)-----So, what's your age? Basically, i can tell you--if your pdoc says you're disabled ---they will not "over rule" him/her. Do NOT be afraid----continue to fight---IF they turn you down---get an atty-----the atty gets 25% of any "retroactive" income. You will get SSD if your pdoc or therapist can document you have "major depression".....& are expected to be disabled for another year. PLEASE----let ME (or us here on the board)--know what I too am curuious. I just applied ----mid July--i had my interview by phone----& already got a letter from my "adjudicator". I spoke with her you know your adjudicator???? Also----make sure you have a "strong" report" from your pdoc. Keep in touch---Robert

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   Posted 8/23/2005 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   

This is an interesting topic. I only went out for 6 weeks last year for depression and felt like I had to go through loops. With depression reoccuring, I've wondered what would happen if I applied. Please do let us know the outcome. I do know after working in the insurance business for so long that you do have to continue to fight, document, see a lawyer if you have to.

The best of luck to you smurf

Terri B

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   Posted 8/24/2005 5:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for responding Robert.  I will keep you posted on how things go.  I am to go to have my pyschological evaluation today and I am one nervous wreck.  I don't know what to expect.  Don't like going to do something new.  Once again thanks for responding...Tina

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 8/28/2005 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   


I was on disability for six months for depression and migraines. I found that the best thing to do was to be totally honest, especially about how you are feeling and what you are doing. For example, when I first stopped working I felt hopeless, couldn't cope, barely got out of bed each day, had a headache each day, was not a nice person to live with, stopped visiting friends, had gained weight, etc. If you're really nervous, that's okay. It's not a job interview, it's convincing them that you are justifiably sick and your nervousness is part of your illness. If you start to cry, that's okay too.

I would sometimes feel like I was being persecuted because I was "required" to do so much. It was a full time job being on disability but I did a little each day and worked with my psychologist and doctor who were great.

Try not to worry. I did at first and realized it just put me further back in my recovery.

Good luck!

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I try and remember this each day I have a headache that I'm not sure I can overcome.

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   Posted 8/29/2005 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, ChAMP,
Several members have addresssed this issue, but I must say that everyone's situation is very different. I am on disability but I have Lupus and Fibro along with epilepsy. It took me 3 years to get disability. They turned me down, I reapplied, turned me down, reapplied, turned me down, sent me to their Doctor who siad there was no reason I can't work but taking into cosideration that the State is paying him, he will say that to any patient. I thin ordered a hearing. I went it alone, no Lawyer. I figured, why should I give him 33% of my money if I was awarded. I won the case, got back pay for over 2 years, a total of over $7,000 and I now get a check each month. I was lucky. I prayed hard and asked the Lord to give me the strength and the words for that hearing. The Judge was astounded that I had no Lawyer.
On the subject of depression and disability, I can't say cause I don't know. All I can say is if you try and fail, it is better than not trying at all!
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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 10/15/2005 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, the other posters are right. Your odds of being approved for Soc. Sec. disability to way up if you are at least 55 and if you have an attorney.

Good luck.
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