Anxiety and Short Term Disability

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tmlindsey
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   Posted 5/28/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Here is where I am at.  I have crohn's disease.  I have a son who is currently ill (had a seizure and severe headaches currently undergoing tests and is 17) and another that is currently in rehab and he is 15.  I am mentally shot.  I have went to my family doctor for anxiety trying to deal with everything at once.  He has put me on citalopram.  It does seem to help.  However, work is giving me crap over missing days to tend to the kids, which causes more anxiety.   Has anyone been able to draw short term disability for anxiety.  I feel like I'm gonna lose my mind.  Any help is appreciated.

Nanners
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   Posted 5/28/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I happen to have Crohns Disease myself and about 2 years ago the anxiety hit me really bad. I was able to get about 2 weeks short term disability at that time. I just went to my supervisor and explained the situation and called our short term disability provider and they took care of the rest. Good luck!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Aries8
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   Posted 5/28/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I was on disability for months for panic attacks years ago. I suggest if you can afford it, do that. You have too much on your mind to be worrying about losing your job! Take care and let us know how you are doing...

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FitzyK23
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   Posted 5/29/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
What about FMLA? It is family medical leave act and your childrens conditions would be enough for you to qualify. You can take up to 12 weeks intermitintly (as needed in other words). If you run out of sick/vacation time it is then taken without pay. But it guarantees your job and you can't be harassed for taking it. You should file asap.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


stkitt
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   Posted 5/30/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

Fitzy has a great point. Employees qualify for FMLA leave when either they or a family member suffer from a “serious health condition.” The condition must either prevent the worker from performing his or her job, or require the worker to care for a family member.

Here is a link you may find helpful:

 
I agree with the others re your short term disability...........use it if you have it.  I was not smart enough to use my short term or long term disability and I worked full time for 26 years.  I am still kicking myself as I would have qualified.  Instead I took early retirement and no one advocated for me even thow the company knew what I was going through.   So do be savy and watch out for your own best interests.
 
Take care and hugs to you,
 
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tmlindsey
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   Posted 6/2/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I have filed my FMLA papers. Mine for myself were accepted immediately. The ones for the boys that are "reviewing" before approving. The only downside is it is without pay. I have short term disability insurance, but I didnt know if I could get it on anxiety. We also had a bad storm here in the midwest 3.5 weeks ago. THe office suffered water damage and it stinks. They are trying to remove the carpets, water, etc. However, it is tough to breathe and I'm irratable. All of it together is making me go crazy.

Nanners
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   Posted 6/2/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
tmlindsey,

As I mentioned before I did get on short term disability for my anxiety, it wasn't for my Crohns. See if your doctor will write you out for a few weeks. Good luck!

Gail *Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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