Posted by novelagent on May 15, 2012, at 0:34:18
In reply to Approved for disability, posted by Christ_empowered on May 9, 2012, at 15:15:32
Have your parents setup a special needs trust, for when they "chip in," unless you want that money to be a reason thatSocial Security will take you off Disability.
Also: you'll find you'll want to revise your plans to live off of $1k/month or so once you realize dating a girl costs money (if you're a guy). Also: not having a job is depressing.
Work with voc rehab-- start now, as they won't even talk to you until you go through s waiting list period of a few months in my state.
They can set you up with funds for school. And to make cash and keep your sanity through work, investigate "clubhouses"-- google "mental health clubhose" and enter your state. These set you up with a job for a little bit of time, without affecting your disability payments-- but work with your voc rehab counselor on it first.
I'm 28. You have my sarcastic permission to shoot me if I'm on disability by the time I'm 30. This is a temporary period of transition for me, and it is no life. I want to date... I want work. I've applied for a Plan for Achieving Self-Sufficiency, and suggest for you to as well. Good luck.
> My application for disability has been approved. On the one hand, this is great. My parents will no longer have to support me, and I can live in the little apartment they bought me and have my own funds and be more autonomous.
> On the other hand...wow. I'm crazed enough to get disability. I could possibly stay on disability for the rest of my days. I"m 27 now. This is a little ridiculous. What I'm hoping is that I can chill out some (I don't know if I have PTSD, but having an untreated psychotic disorder for years and being bullied and stigmatized because of it kinda took a toll on my psyche), do some vocational rehabilitation stuff, and maybe get a decent job sometime in the future.
> I'm getting Medicaid, so now I could go somewhere besides the Public Mental Health place for treatment. I'd kind of like that...I don't want to sound like a junkie, but I think I could benefit from a benzo now and then, and public health in my state won't allow benzo prescriptions.
> So...bitter-sweet victory, I guess. Also, its strange. I feel less incapacitated now than I was years ago, back when the shrinks were saying I wasn't crazy, just wanted to be "special," that I was stupid, etc. Now, the shrinks are saying I'm crazy, need meds, I got disability, and I supposedly have an above average IQ. Weird.
> What do you think I should do? I was kind of thinking do an online (through a non-profit school, of course) program in...something. On disability, I'd qualify for hella financial aid and my parents would have more resources to chip in, so that's possible. Ugh. I just don't know.