http://www.ada.gov/ is a great website in which you can file a claim for disability. It's hard to get disability is what I've heard. You need a doctors diagnosis, consent, and pretty much the doctor has to find you incapable of being able to work. As long as you have your doctors support and a severe PTSD, Depression, and OCD they may give you benefits. However I would suggest not going for disability. The best way to overcome all of the problems you have is to get out and work. It's healthy for you and can basically change the severity of the problems you have. I also have all of those disorders and I found that getting out and working is the best medicine because you won't be helping yourself sitting at home collection money, Part of the therapy is getting out when it comes to depression and PTSD. I know this first had.
HOWEVER if you are at a point in your life that you literally can't function because your not on the right medications or aren't quite where you need to be to function then maybe it would be a good idea until you can get the medication needed to function. I hope this helps. Good luck!
For some reason disability as well as insurance companies think MDD is more disabling then other ailments/disorders. I don't know what their thoughts are because I know that my anxiety and depression can be MORE controlled than PTSD and other disorders I have... but, go to your local SS office with a letter of recommendation from your PD&if possible your PCP. You will have to be on medications, and in treatment. They once filling out rhe necessary paperwork they will give/send you/or your PD a paper for your PD to fill out to review your case... it takes some time. If you have been out of work or can't hold a job do to your dx. It looks better on your case. But, not necessarily the decision. You physician can write even with the correct medication, the pt is still highly symptomatic. I recommend that my pt applied for SSI do to increased symptoms during employment. It has been very difficult to hold employment do to my pts MDD.
He/she suffers from " " , " ", etc... not professional but hopefully you can get the point of the letter and paper work hopefully your doc writes you're compliment with your treatment even with the correct medications my pt is stagnant do to daily stress lists; ""
More in the letter... go prepared that is key. And if you ha be been hospitalized in the last few years and have the copies of the charts with your dx. Why you were there also helps... it takes up to 6weeks to 6months to get your money's after approved but you get back pay all at once. In the mean time if unemployed you can file for welfare while applying for SSI/SSD and you are eligible for food stamps you do not need to tell the SS office about food stamps. But, once you get approval of SSI/SSD you need to tell the welfare office when it kicks in so it stops and you will not still get paid from welfare, once SSI approves you b/c you will have to pay back that money... it would be taken out of your check each month or won't get a check... you are only allowed one car, if you have savings make sure it's not in your name the max you can have in and account with your name is $999. This includes joint accounts... if you have collateral besides a home&car exceeds their criteria that you would need to look into b/c it varies from state to state. life insurance I believe may be one.
I hope that this will help you out. ..
TAKE CARE& GOOD LUCK!
Disability is very hard to get. I was turned down when I applied on my own. I then retained a disability attorney & 18 months later was approved. I'm a single mother of two. When I could work, I worked 70-80 hours a week to provide what my children needed. I still only made $2,500 per month. My disability payment is $500 per month. I lost everything I had worked so hard to get.
Keep in mind, they figure your disability amount by your last 16-18 months of work. I had several surgeries & was out for several months per surgery so, I think that is why mine is so low. Bottom line, if you cant work, you will have to fight tooth & nail to get the disability amount that you deserve. They usually backdate your disability from the day you could no longer work. I definitely think you should get a lawyer but they aren't cheap. I had to pay half of my backdated disability to my attorney. Document everything! Your appointments, doctor's visits, etc.
And, good luck!
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