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Old 02-21-2015, 10:27 PM #1
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Default How likely is it I can get SSDI or SSI?

Hi all,

I was hospitalized involuntarily for 5 days in a psych hospital after having a psychotic break. I've lost my last two jobs due to mania and was recently admitted into emergency triage and placed on suicide watch for 5 days. I have medical paperwork for all of it. Do you think I'd qualify for SSI/SSDI? I have worked since I was 15. I am 29 now. I was diagnosed as Bipolar I NOS with Psychotic Features.
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Default Re: How likely is it I can get SSDI or SSI?

You wont know until you apply, Seems like you have enough work credits to be granted SSDI if its approved. Does your Doctors feel that you need disability? If they don't agree its very unlikely you will win, "most " people get denied first go around, you have to appeal.

The initial paperwork is annoying and alot to fill out, Loads of questions about your daily life .. How your Mental illness/ physical illness effects your daily life and your ability to work and support yourself, etc

Take your time filling this paper work out and be honest. They will also send you to have an exam by there own Doctors.

It can be a long process. I know some people get approved first try , I know some people that have to take it all the way to a court hearing. some people it has taken 2-3 years to get a court hearing , just depends on the back log of cases in your state.

You can apply online or you can go to your local Social Security office and ask for paperwork and information.

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You wont know until you apply, Seems like you have enough work credits to be granted SSDI if its approved. Does your Doctors feel that you need disability? If they don't agree its very unlikely you will win, "most " people get denied first go around, you have to appeal.

The initial paperwork is annoying and alot to fill out, Loads of questions about your daily life .. How your Mental illness/ physical illness effects your daily life and your ability to work and support yourself, etc

Take your time filling this paper work out and be honest. They will also send you to have an exam by there own Doctors.

It can be a long process. I know some people get approved first try , I know some people that have to take it all the way to a court hearing. some people it has taken 2-3 years to get a court hearing , just depends on the back log of cases in your state.

You can apply online or you can go to your local Social Security office and ask for paperwork and information.

Good luck
My counselors have told me they support me getting SSI. I don't have a regular psychiatrist I see, because I'm on state insurance, but I do have proof of illness.
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You're much more likely to be approved if you get a lawyer, and I'd try to find one that will take your case on a contingency basis. I applied and was denied twice over a two year period before I got a lawyer and he got me approved with no trouble at all.

He advised me I should have contacted him before I filed the first time because any information you provide remains a part of your file, and a lawyer can help you with what you need to put forward.

Also, I'd get all the documentation about your case possible. I asked my doctor if he would write out something that described my condition and how it effected my ability to carry out daily activities and it was one of the main things they looked at.

If you have a hearing and have to speak before the judge be sure to emphasize how it effects you in all aspects of life, from dealing with people, to how you deal with everyday life situations, and not just how it effects your ability to hold down a job. It's the big picture you want to present as your overall case of being disabled.
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I think you have to have a longer history and a regular psychiatrist/therapist working with you to show you are disabled and not just hitting a bad patch in your illness. Disabled means chances of getting better anytime soon, no matter what you do (take meds, see doctor regularly over time, etc.) are not likely. I'd talk to a disability lawyer and get a regular psychiatrist and work on your health, show you have been doing your best but it isn't going to cut it.
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Default Re: How likely is it I can get SSDI or SSI?

Yes, I agree with others. I did receive my SSDI the first time around for 4 different conditions but had been seeing a Pdoc for 2-3 years before applying. You may get it the first time, or you may have to fight for it. I would build a good relationship with a doctor so you can have some great care as well....
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Default Re: How likely is it I can get SSDI or SSI?

Something that has not been mentioned, for getting disability for mental conditions...they do acknowledge decomposition or rather periods of it...basically if the stress of working causes you to break down and become suicidal/dysfunctional even more so than you are in your default state that can also help. That was part of how I got approved, because under low stress I do seem a bit more functional can sort of take on more...but increase in stress and I am a wreck. So for me I essentially with a lawyer had to prove though on initial apperance I could 'work' I would not be able to continue functioning in order to maintain that.

But yeah its easier with physical disabilities since like you can just say something specific prevents you from something specific...with mental stuff it can be more like 'well this makes this harder, but under stress it makes it impossible while other times I can function ok for a couple of days...so just ends up more difficult to prove why it prevents you working.

If you have medical records that date back a while, and your therapist or any mental health professionals you're seeing support the idea of getting SSI that should help your chances....you still could get denied initially, but you can appeal.
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You would need a doctor's diagnosis and support saying you cannot work. If you apply with no doctor/psychiatrist/psychologist paperwork backing you up, they will deny you. The more drs you see that support you, the better. Gather as many records as you can. Keep in mind a lot of people working for the SSA have been laid off so it will take time. Hope you get it
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Default Re: How likely is it I can get SSDI or SSI?

Get a lawyer. A lawyer helping you get SSDI/SSI will always be working on a contingency basis. It's illegal for them to do otherwise.

If you have a hard time getting a lawyer to take your case, then you don't have much of a chance.

If you have a history of working successfully, that will weaken your case. Being young weakens your case. You might have to rack up more job failures to be seen as really having lost your capacity to work.
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Get a lawyer. A lawyer helping you get SSDI/SSI will always be working on a contingency basis. It's illegal for them to do otherwise.

If you have a hard time getting a lawyer to take your case, then you don't have much of a chance.

If you have a history of working successfully, that will weaken your case. Being young weakens your case. You might have to rack up more job failures to be seen as really having lost your capacity to work.
Does not sound like they have a history of working 'successfully' per say if they got fired from their past two jobs due to the mental health issues and stress...but yes that sort of thing would decrease chances...though with SSDI its more for people who have held jobs and have 'become' disabled to the point of not being able to continue working, but that would likely be easier for someone who's older to get.
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