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Re: Social Security disability for depression

Posted by Nancy on April 27, 1999, at 22:00:31

In reply to Social Security disability for depression, posted by Nikki on April 26, 1999, at 15:47:22

> Have you or anyone ever tried going on Social Security disability for depression for awhile, getting intensive treatment and going back to work.

Hi Nikki, I've read some of the discouraging stories. But don't worry. I was not rejected. I was allowed SSI and recieved benefits within a few months. Have your local SS office send you info in writing of the paperwork that you'll be required to present. If you are too depressed to help yourself at this time and need assistance filling out forms and gathering info, get ahold of your local mental health clinic and get an appt. to be assigned a case manager. I was so incapacitated when I applied for SSI, I had to move in with my parents and let let them do everything.

Don't be ashamed to ask for help while you need it, and also, if you anticipate that you may need help in the near future. Don't wait until you're out on the street begging for change to begin to believe that you might need help, please!


> I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and PTSD ten years ago. Last year, I was found to have ADD as well. I have gone to grad school and had 2 jobs in the past 3 years. I had trouble with concentration and focus and think that this affects my ability to hold a job. I have been on imaprimine, zoloft, prozac, trazadone, and effexor for depression. Prozac worked really well for a year then stopped working.
> I lost my job in November and currently in a major depression. I went off the Effexor when I was really broke and got very sick. My last job left me without COBRA coverage so I don't have insurance to pay for meds, and therapy. I have been able to get a psychiatrist friend to write me a script and am trying to taper down to 37.5 mg a day and then stop the Effexor. I can hardly get out of bed many days and lack motivation in looking for a job or going back to school right now.
> If anyone has gone on Social Security, was it hard to do? Was it hard to find work after being on it? Do you think it is a good thing to do until your depression is manageable rather than risk losing another job.
> Thanks to everyone on this website. It makes me feel like I'm not so alone.




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