Bi-Polar and disability

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   Posted 5/31/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Just curious if anyone has tried to get diability due to not being able to work.  I am fairly new with the diagnosis and am unable to work because of the tremors.  My husband has to do everything outside the home.
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   Posted 5/31/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   

There have been a few people on the board who have been able to get disability because of bipolar, but it helps if you also have have another condition as well. I am guessing you mean SSDI, from what I understand how quickly the process goes varies from state to state. I think it takes about 1 -2 years for the whole things to go through from start to the approval period. It's quick for some people, while it takes a long time for others.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you,

That is really useful. What resourcefulness you have, but it must have paid off. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad this question was asked on here. My husband has been urging me fore a year to apply for SS Disability for bipolar.  I have been dragging my feet in anticipation of the difficulty of applying. I say this because since my early teens I have been to dr's, hospitals, therapists (I am in my mid-30's now). I have barely (and sometimes not at all) been able to support myself, because although I am very compliant with my treatment, I have not found a combo of meds/therapy to work for me for a long periods of time. Because of all this I do not know what all dr's/hospitals/therapist I have been to (Ive lived all over the country). Trying to remember where and what yrs is very overwheleming to me and I do not know how to go about it. Needless to say my husband is very unhappy that I havent even tried to apply. I know, like 'mommy2ethan' I need to be prepared to make the best case for myself- we certainly are struggling financially, and I have a lot of guilt over that. I have had many, many many many jobs- so its not that I dont want to work- I do, I just want to be successful at it. I dont think thats asking too much...

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   Posted 7/3/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I am also on disability for my bipolar, and I got all the documentation that was available too.  I am able to work alittle without going over what disability allows per month, but keep on trying because you will get denied the first time.  I worked a year for it, but I can not work that much due to my illness. Good luck. :-)
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