Depression and SSDI

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 9/7/2007 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay, I'm really mad cause I just typed up a LONG question and the whole thing disappeared. Darn it!!! I hate when that happens!!! I am so tired and my back is KILLING me cause I am sitting down for so long.

So this post is going to be a shortened version of what my last post was.

My 3 MAIN problems are: 1) Severe, intractable pain in my lower back for which I take over 500 mg of morphine a day, is not eligible for surgery, and I have been told will be life-long (and I'm just 30); 2) Migraines, for which I have an average of about 15 a month, sometimes more or less; 3) Recurrent Major Depression, Anxiety/Social Phobia and Avoidant Personality and PTSD.

I am wondering if anyone out there has gotten SSDI based on their mental symptoms/illness alone. I have way more medical problems that just those 3 listed above but since those 3 are my most bothersome, I am wondering if they would qualify me for SSDI.

I am no longer able to practice nursing due to being on the morphine long-term. Unfortunate, because I loved being a RN. It was decent money, decent hours and flexibility and lots of selection. Since my pain is so horrible, I know there's no other job that *I* know of that I could do. Who would want to hire me being on opiates??? Even though I am NOT impaired, it's a liability to them. So I have been looking into filing for SSDI. I haven't worked since January. I am so miserable right now, and I have two little children who need me since their dad is off with a new g/f whose kids he's supporting. I am in the middle of a nasty divorce and he's threatening to take them away from me and move 3 hours away with new g/f. I am scared outta my mind which is really making my depression and anxiety worse. I am on some new meds but they are not working yet. I know it takes some time.

So ANYWAY I am really just wondering if anyone out there has gotten SSDI for similar issues. I would love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 3036
   Posted 9/7/2007 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nurse,
I have read other member's asking the same question and seeing that alot of people do get it for depression. From my understanding it can be a fight,and take awhile.
I also have seen many members stating that you should get a lawyer that deals with SSDI right away.
Are you in the US? If so here is some links that I found for you.Also you will probably qualify for legal aid in your state. If you just google "Legal Aid and put your state in" then you will have the numbers.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Mod- Depression

Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Off of all meds at this time...woohoo!!

How can you talk without a brain?

I dunno...but alot of people talk without a brain don't they?

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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 188
   Posted 10/5/2007 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
rehabnurse..........I did just that today. Well I filed two years ago and just had a hearing with the ALJ today. Total surprise to me and my hubby, the judge ruled in my favor and then told me right then and there. I had never heard of that. Always heard that the decision will come in 3-6 weeks and that's what I was told last week by my attorney. I would suggest that you get an Atty. as soon as you get your first denial, if in fact you do get denied the first try. From what you have said I don't see why you would get denied ever. I filed on my major depression, diabetes, FMS, and many more. Only difference is I am older but you have more severe physical problems that I don't. Get it filed immediately, don't wait. And don't let that nasty ex of yours get to you. Ya gotta "Keep the Faith"!!! Keep in touch if you wish.......I would like that.
Gentle Hugzzz,

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 10/5/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Nurse, I just called Social Security concerning my son who has epilepsy about disability payments and if you earn at least $900 a month you are not eligible for payments.  In order to file you need to make an appointment with your local SSI office.  They will tell you the procedure to follow but you will need a lot of reports from your DRs.  You can start with them but they can be very difficult to deal with and your best bet is to find a lawyer who specializes in getting disability payments for people.  It is a lot of red tape and may take some time but if you cannot work it sounds like you would be eligible.  Many lawyers will do the work on a contingency basis so you won't have to put down a retainer.  I am no expert but this is what I found out from SSI and from other people who have applied.  I wish you luck.  Hang in and keep posting - it will make you feel better.


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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 188
   Posted 10/5/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, my Atty. was on a contingency, she gets 25% of all my back pay. Go gett'em girl!!!

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