Some work days are no problem. Some days I feel paranoid, have difficulty remembering and am inconsistent with output or quality of work. I have been turned down x 3 by disability, now I am broke and live with Mom. My diagnosis is Mood disorder, anxiety, depression, Borderline personality disorder.
It doesn't sound unusual at all. Many people have problems keeping a job because of mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. Have you discussed adjusting/changing medications with your doctor? Assuming you're under the care of a specialist, maybe there's an alternative you could try. Counseling is also a good avenue. I would also ask your doctor to write a letter to SSI explaining the situation. Did you have an attorney for Disability claim? I think you can reapply depending on where you live. If you didn't have one, be sure to contact a Disability lawyer to help you. But first thing I would do is discuss medications with your doctor. Are the medications you posted under the ones prescribed to you? How long have you taken them and what strength? This will all play a major role in controlling the symptoms. I'm really sorry to hear about the job situation. But the best thing is to get your moods stabilized and you feeling better! Good luck to you and please repost.
Hi Bandit - First, you should talk to your psychiatrist. I am not one, but considering the scant details you give, maybe your diagnosis is incorrect - it could be you are Bipolar. The reason why I say this is the assuumed impulsivity of quitting your jobs, the paranoia - BUT I AM NOT A DOC.
If you truly have Borderline (and it isn't Bipolar - behaviors are somewhat similar) there is a great therapy which is catching fire and was designed specifically for Borderline. It is called Dialectical Beharvioal Therapy. Marsha Linehan has a workbook for the therapy which can be bought online (and it is expensive), it you can't find a DBT group.
I met my best freind in DBT and she is Borderline, and DBT did her a world of good. But you should talk to your psychiatrist, coz if you are misdiagnosed depressive when actually Bipolar and what you are taking is only anti-depressants, it can stir up the Bipolar symptoms (mania).
If you need disability, you need a papertrail - big fat Psychiatrist files, et al (so don't quit) and a life of demonstrable consequences of you ailment - the three jobs in short order have a silver-lining - they show instability which you can attribute to your disorder.
Best of luck
Don't quit fighting for your SSI, that is Exactly what they want you to do. Get a Lawyer, most of them work on contingency, they don't get paid unless they win your case. Appeal, Appeal, Appeal. and Quit working! As long as you hop from job to job, they will say you are employable.
Good Luck, I have been fighting them for over 2 years, and sometimes I think I will lose my mind, but I am determined that I am going to win, or die trying!
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