Re: "staring into space" for just a few minutes, it sounds like a petit mal seizure. Probably if you wern't on any meds, this would be a full blown grand mal seizure.
Please remember, I'm not in the medical proffession so please ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR.
Re: Receiving Disability Ins. or some sort of Social Assistance: I'm assuming you're from the states.
I've read on several of the posts on different boards, about the difficulties people are having trying to get some kind of medi-care or social assistance. I'm reading about people having to wait two or more years or having to get a laywer and go up against a court judge to explain your case when it seems obvious that you need the assistance.
I'm from Canada and I find it mind boggling when I hear about all the trouble that you're having, especially when I consider that I have epilepsy and ulcerative colitis (both under control) and I had no problems at all and no questions asked and I WAS APPROVED both by Sun Life of Canada Disability and Canada Pension Disability. All I needed was a medical from ONE of my Docs. so I went with my Neurologist (he is also familiar with my ulcerative colitis).
My former employer of 30 years recommended to the head office that I go off on Disability.
We also have free health benefits FOR ALL PEOPLE for most drugs (if approved by the FDA) or if it's not covered, I pay for the drug and send in the receipt to my wife's employment health care plan for full reimbursement.
I realize that your Government is trying to cut down on fraud (ours is too, always people trying to defraud the system by trying to put in a false claim) but this is taking it too far.
In this country, Health Care is the number one priority (as I think it should be because of the baby-boom population getting older).
Sorry for the long post but I had to vent.
Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.