Bipolar & SSDI/Disabilty

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/8/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not fully sure if its ok to post this here but I was wondering if anyone had any expirence filling for benefits due to bipolar getting to that level of severity. I'm only partialy medicated and could really use the medical assistance to get myself back on track and i'm having a very hard time working like this (and i have poor job history because of it...averaging 4 months, get quit or get fired).
I saw a new Dr last week (free clinic run by the county) and he was very concerned over my behavior and suggested i get on disabilty. Ihave an apointment for him again next week as well as to see the staff councelor there.
so far i have applied for medicade and i'm on a call back list for the SSDI. I've been using a mood chart to keep track of my behavior and i've started writing a journal on how i feel that day, what i've eaten, and anythign that would be useful for the councelor to know to help get me treatment.
Does anyone have any nuggets of wisdom on other things i can do or should be prepared for?

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   Posted 1/8/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   

I think it depends on where you live?

I'm in Canada, so unless you live there, i'm not much help! confused

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   Posted 1/8/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
It is very important for you to keep all documentation of dr visits, meds, hospitalizations.  when you apply for dissability you must call for an appointment on the phone, have all your ducks in a row.  Call the social security office and they shoult send you a list of things you will need for your interview, either over the phone, or at the ss office.  The workers you will work with are not against you so if they need more information find it and give it to them.  So get all your dates together for the progression up to this point.  I gave them names of any doctor, hospital ect I could get my hands on.  It seems with bp you get denied the first time.  It took me three times to get it, but that is just the system.  Good luck, and call the ss office to get an appointment and a list of what to bring. :-)
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