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Can mental illness serve as the basis for Social Security Disability payments?

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Learn how to best present and pursue your claim for Social Security disability payments based on mental illness.

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Mental Illness as Disability

Social Security’s definition of disability includes coverage for mental illness; therefore, you can be approved for Social Security disability payments based on a mental illness, if your illness is disabling. You can also potentially qualify based on a combination of physical and mental limitations. For a discussion of how Social Security defines disability, see our article “What Is Disability According to Social Security Law?”

Medical Support for Your Mental Illness Claim

You and your physicians will need to provide documentation of any impairments that you have due to a mental illness. Your treating physician or psychologist will be asked to provide a report that includes your mental health history and clinical findings, including mental status examinations and psychological testing. The report should include a description of your capacity to understand, to remember and carry out and instructions, and to respond appropriately to supervision, co-workers, and work pressures. Information is also needed about medications you have taken, their effectiveness, and any side effects you’ve experienced with the medication. If you have been hospitalized, Social Security may request your admit and discharge summaries.

Mental health records often contain very private information, so it is good to know that all information gathered by Social Security is confidential and cannot be released to a third party without your written consent. Additionally, information in your claim file, including your mental health records, will be seen only by those responsible for evaluating your claim.

Other Statements to Support Your Disability Claim

If you had problems related to your mental illness before leaving your last job, a statement from your employer or supervisor could be quite helpful to your claim. If you are having trouble taking care of your daily needs or engaging in social interaction, be sure to describe these problems when you file your claim. You can also submit statements from caseworkers, relatives or friends who are aware of how your symptoms interfere with your ability to take care of yourself and interact with others. For more information about employer statements, see our article “Would It Help My Disability Claim to Get a Statement from My Employer about My Problems at Work?”

When and Why Social Security Will Request You See a Doctor

If Social Security does not receive enough information from you, your treating physicians and psychologists, and others who know how your illness limits you, they may ask you to attend a Consultative Examination. Social Security will pay for the exam, which is for evaluation only, not for treatment. If you are asked to go to a Consultative Exam, it is extremely important for you attend and cooperate fully. If you do not, your claim for Social Security Disability payments may be denied.

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86 Comments

  1. GENAY POOLE says:

    GOT CUT OFF CAUSE I WENT TO JAIL BUT NOW OUT HOW CAN I GET IT BACK

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Genay,

      Please clarify for me–were your receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and also whether you are now out of jail? Once I know that, I may be able to provide some guidance.

      Thank you.

      Kay

      • Selena Enbody says:

        I haven’t went to jail but I have court 10-8-2014 and I could go that day. I violated my probation by committing retail fraud. I am receiving it now but I was told I will lose it if I go to jail

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Selena,

          Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are not payable to individuals who are incarcerated for a felony, so your benefits will stop if you go back to jail. When you are within three months of being released and have a definite release date, you can apply to have benefits resumed; however, if you receive SSI and it has been suspended for twelve months, you will be required to file a whole new application to see if you are still disabled.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Mary says:

      Hi i have a 13month child and i have notice he is starting to bit his nails is that nornal he does exactly what his dad would do

  2. Joshua says:

    Hello, I am a 29 year old NC resident and I have been suffering from bi polar disorder, severe anxiety and depression for most of my life. I have not worked in 5 years because of these issues. I tried filing for disability a few years ago but was denied. No one will hire a nervous wreck like me. I am considering trying to file again but don’t know where to start or even if its the right option for me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Joshua,

      If your income and assets are below a certain level, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) which does not require work credits; or depending on when you were last insured and how long ago you filed your prior claim, you might even be able to apply successfully for Social Security Disability (SSD).

      The place you need to start is to consult with a Social Security attorney about your condition, your medical and psychiatric treatment, and your work history. That way you will get a well-qualified opinion on how to best to file your claim and help filing it. I suggest calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010 to reach a lawyer who is well-versed in Social Security and SSI disability law. You will pay no fees for attorney representation until you are approved for benefits. At that point, the fee is set by Social Security law and the Social Security administration will pay your attorney directly using a portion of your back pay. So, you incur no financial risk in getting the best help you can.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  3. Betty says:

    My name is Betty I am 46 years old I have applied in 2011. I was denied the first and second time. I was taken out of work for POST DIRMATIC STRESS DISORDER and PANIC DISORDER and DEPRESSION.. NOS..I have had a Lawyer working on it and I have an appeal. I am really wondering if I am going to get denied again; I am so tired of waiting. I am living on hardly nothing. What do I do ?get a different lawyer? I have 2 doctors that say I am not able to work. Its been 3 years with them. I just don’t know what to do next…..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Betty,

      You suggest getting a different attorney and I can’t really offer an opinion on that. I can say that people are approved at hearings who have been denied at the first appeal so your attorney may be doing all that is necessary to represent you. It can be hard to wait, especially while waiting for a hearing date, which can take up to a year. While you are waiting, it is important to continue to see your physicians so that you continue to have medical treatment history right up to the hearing.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

    • britney says:

      Dearest betty. I suggest u pray to the lord. I suffer from the same things u listed and more but i really put my fait5 in the lord. I was lucky enough to getapproved my very first time! And without a lawyeer or anything. I put my trust in the lord. Pray to him. Ask him to help you. I did and Iknow the lord is the one who got me approv3ed first time and without a lawyer or anything. Trust me. Put faith in the lord and he will provide. Good luck sweetie

  4. eric says:

    can you just use my first name in previous post ?

    • stressed1 says:

      Britney I just submitted my reconsideration and with it I sent a mental RFC from my personal doctor.My condition has gotten worse since my first time applying and my doctor also sent me to a partial hospitalization program which I thin stresses me out more cause I cant sit long through group without getting anxiety.

  5. Kay Derochie says:

    Dear Eric,

    Yes, it is true there is no financial risk in seeking help through Disability Advisor. Just call them at 1-888-393-1010 and they will discuss the possibility of local lawyers with you.

    I could not remove your full name as you posted it on the previous message. I did delete your post but kept my reply up.
    Best regards,

    Kay

  6. pkw says:

    Do your passed work history help with getting approved for mental ss..and if you have been dianosed with bi polar, anxiety,pstsd,and depression and take three medications all day and have sent in proof of everything from the doctor including blood test will u still get denied

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear PKW,

      It sounds as if you have done a good job of submitting all your medical information. Whether or not you are approved will depend on how severe your conditions are and how much they limit you. (Having a diagnosis and receiving medical treatment does not necessarily mean you are disabled.) Social Security compares your limitations and capabilities to work that you have done in the past. If you are under age fifty and cannot do past work or another other occupation, your claim will be approved. If you are age fifty or over and cannot do past work, your claim will also be approved.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  7. Dana says:

    Ok so I was qualified for ssi,but only could get it for like one month. I also had to appeal for ssd. It said I was disabled but not before a certain date. Is it because it wasn’t a full 12 months from the date they said I was disabled? Do I have a better chance of getting it since they said I could get ssi? My lawyer never makes sense to me and is real short. This is so confusing:/

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dana,

      To be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD), you must be insured. This means that you must have earned enough work credits working in jobs in which you paid Social Security taxes. Additionally, you must be currently insured. This means you must have earned a certain number of those credits in the ten years immediately before you became disabled (or in a shorter time if you were under age 31 when you became disabled.)

      Apparently, your medical records did not show that you were disabled on or before the last date that you had enough work to be currently insured. If you are appealing your Social Security denial, you have to show that you were disabled while you were still insured. Being eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for a period after the Social Security last insured date will not help your SSD appeal.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  8. TLM says:

    My daughter has been diagnosed with clinical depression, ptsd, and bpd, and has just recently been released after a 60 day stay in a dual diagnostic medical center. She has been hospitalized a multitude of times prior to this in our local hospital in the psychiatric ward. The last time there she had attempted suicide. She feels at this point she cannot work, the bills are piling up, and she has thought about applying for at least short term disability to see if she can stabilize and possibly some day go back to work. The problem being that she is (was) a teacher, and when she went into the dual diagnostic center, they applied for short term disability for her there but she was denied. Teachers don’t get regular social security so my guess is she wouldn’t be eligible for that. Any ideas that could supplement her income while she is recovering? I am not sure at this point whether or not she will ever be able to work, but she is hoping that some day maybe…. thanks for your insight.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear TLM,

      Some public employment including for school districts is covered by Social Security taxes, so your daughter should double check. If, in fact, she has not been paying FICA (Social Security) taxes on her wages and has not worked in other Social Security-covered employment in the past ten years, then you are right–she would not be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD). However, the Social Security Administration administers another disability program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for individuals with minimal assets and income. To qualify your daughter has to be disabled or be expected to be disabled for twelve months. If there is a possibility of that, there is no harm in applying. Benefits are paid for mental illness if the individual’s condition is severe enough. Benefits are not payable for drug addiction or alcoholism. It will take two to five months to get a decision.

      For financial assistance in the meantime, she might apply for food stamps and energy assistance to pay the heating bill. You mention a “short-term disability” denial. I am unsure whether you mean public assistance from the state or from a short-term disability policy that your daughter or her employer purchased. If it is the latter, it seems as if it would have paid at least while she was in the hospital–unless she was getting sick leave pay for the same period. If her doctors think she is unable to work, she should apply again.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  9. Jen says:

    Hi, my mom has had a series of mental illness since she was 28 years old, she is now 53. She has had several breakdowns every 2 to 3 years. She is delusional and becomes paranoid. She thinks everyone is out to get her. She recently quit her job because of her paranoia. She doesn’t see that she has a problem at all. She says we don’t understand and no one will listen. She hates going to the doctor because she doesn’t have a problem and thinks that she don’t need the meds. I really honestly don’t think she can work anymore, she has changed as a person. Since her last episode three years ago, she hasn’t been the same. It is almost like she hasn’t snapped out of it.She would never apply for Disability, beings she doesn’t think anything is wrong with her she is just fine. She has worked her entire life. How do I apply for SSD for her? I don’t know how to help her. They have made it that mentally ill patients have too many rights. Truly ill patients don’t see they have a problem. I can’t even call her doctor, finally she authorized my dad to talk to the doctor. I lost my uncle to mental illness, I can’t lose my mom too. Having a parent with mental illness is so hard. Any guidance or suggestions is truly helpful. Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jen,

      I suggest that you and your dad make an appointment with a Social Security claims representative to find out whether you can apply for your mother because she is mentally incapable of doing so. You can explain that she is delusional and paranoid and does not believe there is anything wrong with her and that she quit her last job due to paranoid delusions. Hopefully, her doctor is aware of her condition (even if she was seen infrequently) and will make a statement regarding her diagnosis and failure to follow medication therapy. She may be asked to go to a psychiatric evaluation. Don’t argue with her and try to convince her she is disabled. Perhaps you can persuade her by assuring her there will be no treatment (which is true) and saying that, if she goes, she might get an ongoing monthly check to help cover expenses and buy some things she would like to have.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  10. misty says:

    I had applied for disability and got denied for four years, I then found the right lawyer to help me but he only helped me get two years out of the four years that I had applied for. Can I repeal for the other two years that they didn’t pay me?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Misty,

      Yes, you can appeal a partially favorable decision. You might ask the attorney whether he or she thinks you could be successful with an appeal and the reasons for his or her opinion.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  11. Alex says:

    Hello.
    I have been diagnosed with PTSD, BPD, and Generalized Anxiety. I was raped as a child by my biological father and a large group of my friends who rented me and/or bought child porn of me. I am looking into disability but I don’t know exactly what information I need or where to start. Do I need a lawyer first or another doctor? I have been hospitalizd 2 times in the last three years and suffered from alot of flash back and self harm. I am unable to work due to the fact that men and sudden contact or movement throw me into a panic attack or flashback. I am unable to get health care so I am unsure of where to start. Any information would help.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alex,

      I suggest that you start doing three things, all at once. First, start an application for disability benefits this month to protect your filing date so that you do not potentially lose benefits. You have six months to complete the application, so you can start it and wait to complete it until you have an attorney to assist you. Second, if you do not currently have a doctor or other mental health professional attending you, I suggest that you research to see whether your county has a free or low-cost clinic that offers psychiatric care so that you will have a physician who can provide information about your current condition. You might also see whether you are eligible for Medicaid by contacting your state office of health and human services.

      The last item has to do with getting representation to assist you. You can, of course, file your own application. If you do so, be sure to list all your medical providers in the last three years that you mention and the beginning and ending dates you saw them (as best as you can remember). Be sure to write on your application everything that you have just told me about your childhood abuse history and the panic attacks and flashbacks and what triggers them. Should you decide to file on your own and are denied, be sure to get an attorney for the appeal. You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  12. Alex says:

    his friends not my

  13. Denise says:

    I have been receiving ssd since 2001 after an appeal. I have irreversible full body RSD and Major Depressive Disorder. I reapplied a second time with an attorney and was told they base my getting benefits for my depression only, not the medical. Recently I was asked to see a SSD doctor to determine my physical condition. I was told both are the reason for my getting benefits. I have asked for a copy of the original order but am told they don’t know what I mean. I have reports from 4 doctors that state I am totally and permanently disabled due to my medical condition and am still under a psychiatrist’s care for the disability and qualified as unable to work. My question is, if I am receiving ssd for both and this exam doctor decides he doesn’t think I am disabled will I still be eligible to receive ssd on my mental status alone? Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Denise,

      The determination of your current eligibility will be based on a review of all your medical and psychiatric conditions. I assume that when you completed the questionnaire for the review you listed all your conditions and care providers. If so, your mental health records will be considered in the decision.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  14. abbey says:

    I would like to know if you have to be “not working” for a certain amount of time to qualify? I have a job but due to PTSD, agoraphobia, anxiety panic attacks OCD insomnia depressive disorder major depressive affective disorder severe depression (those are only the ones I’ve been diagnosed with) I have slipped into a dark hole that I cant seem to pull myself out of. I am a single mother so I cant just up and quit my job although the idea of it being close to monday and i have to go back there makes me very nauseous. I do know the hard truth that if you are working it is impossible to get SSI but i dont know how much longer I can hang on. I cannot just up and quit a job because i am a single mother of two. If my job knew all these things I would be terminated I am sure which suits me fine but not my utilities and living expenses. I also have been reading these posts and you talk about credits. How do I go about finding out how many “credits” I even have?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Abbey,

      To be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you have to be disabled or be expected to be disabled for at least twelve months.If it gets to the point that you can’t work, your statemay have some cash public assistance for families with children, which together with food stamps, might tide you over while your claim is being processed. You can contact your state’s department of health and human services to find out whether such assistance exists in your state and if so how much it would be.

      You can find out how many work credits you have and whether you are insured for Social Security Disability and also get an estimate of your disability benefit and family maximum (amount payable to you and your children) if insured and approved for benefits. Either go to http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount or call Social Security it 1-800-772-1213 and request a free Earnings Statement (not a benefit statement).

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  15. daniel says:

    I have never been to a therapist or counselor before but i know i have severe social anxiety and maybe ptsd. I wanted to ask you because i have never been to a medical clinic because its really hard for me to go out in public without me feeling like im going to have a panic attack as soon as i walk out my door, and i just want to know can i still get ssi benefits without having to go to a medical professional to evaluate me and my conditions that i have, because the kind of anxiety i have is really severe.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Daniel,

      Not having any medical or psychiatric record of evaluation or treatment and not being able to attend a consultative examination is a barrier to being approved for disability benefits.I do not know if there is any way that the Social Security Administration can accommodate this. You might contact mental health professionals to find out whether any would make house calls to evaluate and treat you. You might also consult with a Social Security attorney and an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) attorney to see if they have any ideas to help with the situation.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  16. Dawn says:

    Hi, I’m 43 yrs. old and I have SEVERAL mental and physical disabilities such as;PTSD, AGORAPHOBIA(unable to go out in public by myself),SEVERE PANICK ATTACKS,SEVERE DEPRESSION.I suffer with SEVERE NIGHTMARES & FLASH BACKS that are worsening as each yr. goes by.I was SEVERLY ABUSED,SEXUALLY( By my uncle from age 4 through 12.;-( Also MOLESTED by him and MANY other family members and others outside of family;-( I was beatened and put in a very dark basement frequently.That was my punishment when I would fight back screaming crying and threatened to tell on my uncle.My mother and family denies it. Calling me Crazy,a dirty pig,a Liar and so many more Disturbing and Hurtful words;-( OVER and Over.I could write books with chapters of my childhood of TORTURE!!;-( I was my mother’s human punching bag. She and my father gave up their rights to be parents.They seperated ending in divorce.She took me only to cause all harm to me.They all got away with it. Lwaving me SCARRED for LIFE!!;-( Life gets harder for me on special occassions,thinking of my siblings that I do remember,but haven’t seen since the age of 4!!;-( I think of my grampa,that was my eye witness to my rape. He then passed away of a heart attack when I was 12;-( Alcohol and Marijuana was given to me by my uncle.Which I grew up addicted to it. It was his way of molesting me more;-( Iquit marijuana at 15. I became an alcoholic just to cure my panick attacks. It was only then I could be functional to go places on my own.But just to wake up the following day to still have them.I even almost died.I realized I had to stop to take care of my kids.I was hospitalized for having thoughts of suicide. Which every now and then I get the feelings of doing it;-( I can’t remember if it was for the wkend or a wk. and what yr. it was. I do have employment history,but couldn’t keep my jobs because of the SEVERE PANICK ATTACKS & FLASH BACKS.I didn’t want to tell anyone because I thought they would think I was Crazy and fear of being placed in a mental institution.!;-( I lost ALL my jobs due to not attending,no call no show and arriving late. I kept all this to myself until my last job. I got to the point where I’d be so close to work ending up turnibg around to arrive at home. I feel Soooo Lost and TRAPPED;-( DEPRESSED;-( I was getting SSI for the PANICK DISORDER.But no longer eligble because of my husband’s wages. I want to apply for SSDI but ppl. in general are telling me I WON’T get it because I Don’t have enough work history.I have developed more medical issues since then. But all this mental instabilities is why I COULDN’T keep a job THEN and NOW. Last I was employed was in 2006. I applied for SSI again,they still consider me DISABLED.Yet I Can’t get any help with FREE insurance and any other help. I pay for indurance that DOESN’T cover much of anything. I do take medications & STOPPED some because of the prices and DON’T work for my DEGENERATED DISK DISEASE,STENOSIS. HERNIATED & BULDGING DISKS.Which I had injections and physical therapy with NO relief. I also have something wrong with my bladder that I CAN NOT hold my urine and go VERRY FREQUENTLY.I have a urologist that tried many medications with none to work thus far. I NEED to be seen but have to pay co-pays and for tests done. Which she mentioned may incld. surgery. I ALWAYS wake up wet of urine!;-( even accidents going to and from drs. or stores;-( I have HYPOTHYROIDISM also. I suffer everyday SEVERE FATIGUE.ALL DAY. I also have GERD,ACID REFLUX,HIATAL HERNIA.HYPERTENSION.& a FATTY LIVER. I really NEED to get SSDI since I can NEVER work again and to CONTINUEto get professional help in seeing a therapist and tests on my bladder and kidneys without worrying about paying for insurance when I should be getting SSDI.So PLEASE help me by giving me an HONEST Aanswer in regards to if I have any chance @ all getting SSDI considering my work history and these medical problems I have. I DON’T know how about going about getting it. AM I WASTING MY TIME and MIND just thinking about it? ThankYou in advance for your help.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dawn,

      It may be that you do not have enough work credits because when you applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006, Social Security should have screened you for a possible Social Security Disability (SSD) application at that time. To double check, you could file an application for SSD claiming the date you last worked in 2006 as your disability date. If you are not insured, the Social Security Administration will tell you and you will not have to go through the medical review process.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  17. Chris L says:

    Hello. I am 19 years old and have been suffering from Bi-polar disorder and Social anxiety for almost 2 years now. I was on Medication but stopped taking it because i wanted to join the military. I got denied from the military and now i am a reck. I can not hold down a job for more then 2-3 weeks because i am so fearful of being around other people. I isolate badly and can not hold down a job. My anxiety often times makes my heart race i get sweaty and hide away in my room from other people. It is difficult for me to leave my own home and interact with anybody. I am eligible for Benefits?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chris,

      To find out whether you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability benefits, you need to file a claim. It would be helpful to a claim for you to get back under medical care including taking recommended medication as prescribed, so that you have psychiatric records to provide the Social Security Administration.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  18. James l says:

    Hello i am 48 never collected unemployment have worked 30 years pretty much as a laborer,every day of my life since I was a kid I have always had a nervous condition anxiety going to school going to events social gatherings etc.and for some unknown reason oi have always had uncontrollable shaking in my hands which my brother and my one sister have and other people notice and are always questioning me why do I shake?i am do to go for examination in a month psychological.i am on Xanax,citralopan and nothing seems to be helping.i am now on state disability for lumbar spinal fusion l5s1 also had neck fusion 6 years ago went back to work 6 months later still had pain but I knew I had to support my family,now after having last surgery I will never be able to do the heavy lifting and hard labor I have done before.As of now 3 months later after operation still in pain just lay in bed and worry about money and all the stress I am putting my family thru.i was told by my lawyer everybody gets denied the first time because I have a pulse,I was told to file after operation said it takes about a year,as far as work I have done the same trade for the business I use to work for almost 30 years a family owned business same people they know I’m done and have not been in touch with me 2 weeks after going on state disability I was dropped from health insurance plan and was told to sign up for cobra,my bosses ex wife who is still co owner has well let’s just say not one of her favorites and is the one that dropped me from company health insurance that has been taking out of my paycheck,yes that’s correct after all these years still was paying for me and the wife’s health insurance.i am physically unable to do the work anymore and cannot deal with the stress of the people I work for,with,and customers not all can you please tell me what my chances are of receiving Ssdi.and I am going to do my best with this psychological exam will that hurt me I do not want to fake or anything stupid like that at exam.thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear James,

      I can’t predict whether you will approved, but not all people are denied on initial claim. Be sure that you list all your mental and physical conditions in your claim and be sure that all the physical requirements of your past occupation are in the claim file also. Just be honest at the psychological exam.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  19. Richard says:

    Hello,
    I am in the process of applying for SS Disability benefits. I won’t get into all the gritty details but my disability claim is one based on four diagnoses from my psychiatrist and from my therapist: severe bipolar disorder, PTSD, severe anxiety/panic attacks, and moderate agorophobia (I will leave the house to grocery shop between 3-4am at WalMart and to attend my doctors’ appointments, but I will not leave for any other reason.

    SO far, my claim seems to be moving right along, much more quickly than was suggested to me before I applied. About three weeks ago I was asked to complete a CE exam with a psychiatrist other than my own. I complied.

    Today, I received a letter asking me to now complete a physical examination. I am wondering why a PE would be required when seeking benefits based on medical illness diagnoses. Perhaps this might help you answer as well…when I first submitted my applications I did state that in the course of the last 1.5 years since my nervous breakdown I have gained almost 100 pounds. Would that be the reason for the PE request? Is it good or bad for my claim that I have gained all this weight?

    Also, I hired an attorney before I even began the application process based on what I’d heard about frequent denials and appeals. If memory serves I was told they would be handling both my SS Disability claims and SSI. Of course, they haven’t been actively involved yet as I have submitted all my applications and complied with the CE and am planning to comply with the physical exam as well. I am assuming they really only get involved if I am denied. Am I to understand t hat one can benefit from both SS Disability and SSI?

    Also, I read in a post above that SS is responsible for paying my attorney a set percentage of owed and back-dated disability. This corresponds with what the attorney told me over the phone. If I receive an approval without requiring the lawyer’s assistance in an appeal, will SS still pay that attorney?

    I hope I haven’t bombarded you with too may questions. Thank you for your help and advice.

    Sincerely,
    Richard

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Richard,

      If your weight has increased to the point that you are morbidly obese, that could be a reason for the requested physical examination.

      With regard to attorney services, the attorney will represent you for both Social Security and SSI. If you hired an attorney, he or she should be involved from the beginning reviewing how you completed the forms, your medical and psychiatric records, etc. to be sure that your have presented your case as clearly and as well as possible. If you signed a fee agreement, the Social Security Administration will pay the attorney from your back pay.

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is payable only if your other countable income is below $741 and your countable assets are below $2,000. Some income and several types of assets are not countable.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  20. Kathy basile says:

    my daughter is 45; she has bipolar. she is on social security disability. she keeps going to jail and hospitals when bipolar gets out of control. she usually just stays 4 or 5 days in hospital, but this time they are keeping her longer. she’s afraid that ss will stop her checks. do you know about this?? i know if you are in jail for 30 consecutive days, you won’t get check. but what about the hospital???

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kathy,

      If your daughter is getting Social Security Disability (SSDI) and not Supplemental Security Income (SSI), her benefits will not be affected by her hospitalization regardless of the length of the stay. If she is receiving SSI, there are different rules.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  21. Cara says:

    I keep getting fired from jobs for little errors, my social anxiety is severe and I can’t seem to function correctly due to panic attacks at work. How would I even approach my doctor with this as this being an option, is it an option? I have severe anxiety and most of my medicine doesn’t help.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cara,

      Do see your doctor and explain what is going on. Ask for a referral to a psychiatrist for possible treatment. After you have been evaluated, your doctor will be able to offer an opinion about your prognosis for continued work versus disability.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  22. Bettie Poole says:

    It has been disturbing, I wanted to know why my situation with my Social Security Disability overpayment can’t be explained in detail so it can spell out if it was waivered and why can’t I receive a letter stating all facts. I have been burnt before so it will not go this way again. If I can get and answer In would most certainly appreciate it.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bettie,

      Although I am a knowledgeable resource, I do not work for the Social Security Administration. You need to contact the Social Security Administration and request a written calculation of the overpayment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  23. tara says:

    hi, my daughter is 9 yrs old and just recently diagnosed with RSD, if it possible for her to qualify for ssdi at such a young age with this incurable disease?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tara,

      If your daughter’s illness is affecting her ability to function like a healthy child of her age, then it would be appropriate to file a claim to see if her condition is severe enough to be considered disability.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  24. jose says:

    I applied for disability 3 years ago and had my hearing a month and a half ago. I suffer from major depression and social anxiety disorder, along with bipolar disorder. I have been seeing a psychiatrist for 2 years and she supports my disability claim. The VE was not at the hearing but i later got copies of his report that says i can do 4 jobs without my mental issues but none with the mental issues. I called the ODAR office and was told they just recieved the VE report and up to date medical records and if i dont request a supplemental hearing the judge will put the records in the file and make a decision, at that point i said ok i dont want another hearing and was told the judge will make a decision. I was then told that it could make up to 3 months to recieve this letter and that not to call back until after the 3 months. Waiting can be hardest part and was wondering for a opinion if it looks good and can i contact odar again or should i just wait the 3 months i dont want them to get mad if i keep calling. Please some advice. I am filing in pennsylvania and do not have a lawyer, at the hearing the judge said i had to sign a paper that saysi dont have a lawyer and i am not going to get one. Thank you in advance for any advice

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jose,

      The federal guideline for the judge to make a decision is two months. Wait two months and then call to get a status. Then it is reasonable to call once a month thereafter. You will talk to a clerk, not to the judge so you shouldn’t make the decision maker mad.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • jose says:

        Thank you, and also can i get your opinion on what the VE said ( without my problems i can do 4 jobs in the national economy but if you factor in the mental health issues he said there are no jobs i can do) because there was 2 hypothetical questions on the VE report one was without my disabilities and the other with. Thank you again

  25. Jaci says:

    I am in my 30′s and currently s mental/physical wreck. I have applied for Ssdi bit was wondering if my 13 year old daughter would qualify. She has severe depression, anxiety and is a cutter/self harming chil due to bullying. She had been admitted into a psychiatric hospital for a suicide attempt and we have over a year of documentation of her taking meds that rarely work. She goes in and out of self harming phase. Could she qualify for help? I am not only unable to work due to my condition but the fear t hat she will hurt herself. I am a mother of 5 kids, her being the oldest with a 7, 9 and 2 year old twins and due to the separation of their father and I, I am on public assistance (Medicaid and SNAP) as well as what little I get from child support and that’s it. Should I apply for her some she had over a year of documentation and wait for the approval/denial or go ahead and seek out an attorney? Please help!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jaci,

      I suggest that you apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your daughter. Submit all the medical and psychiatric information you have for your daughter. If she is denied and you think the decision is wrong, get an attorney to help with the appeal. You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  26. Jason says:

    I am an active duty service member and I’ll be getting out in 10 months. I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD, adjustment disorder with anxiety and mixed moods. Also, been diagnosed with mTBI from an IED explosion in Iraq. I am taking medication for insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, and nightmares. I am starting the process now and collecting up my medical documents as we speak. Would I get accepted for SSDI with that, or is that even iffy??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jason,

      Whether or not you are eligible for Social Security Disability depends on how severely you are impaired by your conditions. The Veteran’s Administration (VA)pays for disability compensation for partial disability, so you might apply with the VA also.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  27. Suzanne says:

    hi, am a 41 y.o. woman with mental issues that stem from heretity and onset of family impact…i have been fighting with ssi since 2008 on and off…with my mental condition and my impulvisity…there are varouis medical records and doctors reports…while i was turned down 2011 by alj and i reapplied and finally got back into court in 2/2014…i went to court and was showed my file…it was a paper file and not on a disc like the one before when i went to court the first time…i asked why was this hearing a paper hearing?…the rep told me this was a good thing cause it has everything that was ever entered or giving to ssa…while when we went over the file before the hearing i notice that there a papers that were in there that wasn’t even me…it was someone else information…i pointed it out to her and she said okay and left and came back with my file again…i went to my hearing and it was brutal on me…i did everyhting but flip the table over…i showed every emotion i was going through…i was then told by the judge that he will review and sent his desion in the mail…while about 2 weeks later i recieved a letter stating that he found additional evidence and asked to enter it in…i repiled yes and wrote a very nice thank you letter to the judge cause i have never seen a judge go through every piece of information like that before…then i was sent another letter stating that I needed to go and see CE doctor…i went and brought my aunt with cause I needed a ride and the doctor asked if i had someone here to speak on my behalf and i said that my aunt was outside in the lobby and he asked if i want for her to speak…i said sure why not? i was think the more help the better right? well i was send a copy of the findings and went over his statments and findings with a fine tooth comb…yes i googled every word i did understand or knew…i noticed that he stated that my impairment affected my abitilty to interact approperity with other and there other capabitlies affected by impairment…like no close friends…etc…he also stated that i was impulsive and will use different substances when depressed…that was on the ssa ability to do work-related activities (mental) form…there were no problems understanding and remember simple instructions or to carry out simple instructions…the abtiltiy to make judgements on simple work related decisions was moderate…but the to undrstand, carry out and abitlty to make complex decisions that were worked work related were all MARKED…his findings were PTSD and varying depression and BPD…also the can the individual manage benfits in her own interest was checked NO…in the summary he stated that…she at risk for exacerbations depressions in the furture…she is impulsive and her character pathology makes her so unstable…she should not manage her own funds, her attention varied with her affect, she had no diffuculty realting to me but would not get along with other at a job, she tolarated testing but would not be able to to deal with stress common on most jobs…to me this sounds like that he found i was NOT able to work a normal job…okay so i have waited and call the odar office and asked why no decsion yet? they stated that the judge had it set of schudling…i asked why is that and they stated that i have to go back in front of him…i send him information and letters from family and my case worker stating that i need to get everything pushed up cause am currently homeless…well i called back and got a court date issued for 9/16/2014…after doing a some research and various phone calls i found out that the judge if so chooses that he can go back 2 years before i reported the onset date of my disabiltly and that given my childhood history of being a ward of the court and servarel hospitaliztions that it possiable that this could happen…so here are my questions:
    1. Why would i have to go back in front of the judge for my decsion? if the CE states that i cant work.

    2. Do I need to go back to court if i have to have a payee wacthing over my benefits for me?

    3. Do i have to go back also cause he might go back 2 year prior to my onset date? Cause i was told i should have been getting ssi since i was younger?

    Any help will be great…thanks for your time…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Suzanne,

      You definitely should go back to court as requested. Your claim is still being considered for possible approval and you should continue to do everything that is asked while your appeal is pending. If you are applying for Social Security Disability, the maximum retroactively is twelve months before the date of application; and if you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), benefits start with the month of application. Usually Social Security does not approve a date of disability before the one claimed, but even if they do, it might not result in additional back pay because of the limitations on retroactivity.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  28. Joshua D. says:

    I am 18 and have been put into a mental/locked facility in ’09. I have been told by many people that I can get disability, no problem… but I’m skeptical. Is it true? I don’t like the thought of being 18 and on disability but if its possible I was told it would be best to do it.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Joshua,

      If you are in a public hospital (owned and paid for by the state or country), you are not eligible for SSI disability. If you are in a hospital and Medicaid is paying more than half the cost of your stay, you could be eligible and the payment would be small amount to cover personal care. If you know when you will be released and your doctors think that you will be disabled from working when you are discharged, you can file an application up to three months before discharge. If approved, benefits would become payable for months after discharge.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  29. lee says:

    I had a motor cycle wreck 1 year ago dr said I would be fine but I had contusions on my brain. Then I started have cluster headaches, where they would have to hold me down to keep me from trying to cut out the pain with a knife, and many many trips to er. My reg dr, has tried every med she can think of but no relief. so she sends me to a neurologist. So far after 6 months he cant stop them, he has also tried lots of meds, but with me being bi polar, all the meds turn on me, and make me want to drive off a Clift. Yesterday my neurologist put me on oxygen cause all else has failed partly due to not handling meds very well. I have several different mental disorders, very manic ect, and very dyslexic as a child. I filed for my ssi a couple months ago, they sent me to a psychologist today, very short , wanted to know what meds I was on, what meds I tried, and count backwards by 3, which I thought was strange, it was to easy and if I was abused as a child, and if I could work for people, by the way no I can’t I hate someone who thinks there above me, and I hate drama, My dr had to take me off work for two weeks due to the stress of people around me, and up my meds, now I take 80 m paxial, 4 m clonsapam, Depakote, maxalt, and oxygen I was told to turn up to 12 or 10, to force in and make my headaches easy by making the blood vessels smaller in my brain. I wonder now how much of a chance I had of getting my ssi

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lee,

      It is difficult to determine whether you will be approved for benefits. If you are denied, I recommend getting an attorney to help you with the appeal.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  30. Nic says:

    Hi, I applied for ssdi few years ago, went through the first 2 appeals and was waiting on my ALJ hearing. My attorney did not notify of my hearing date and since I didn’t know about it I missed it and denied. My attorney was horrible anyways. I have filed again and done some research about the process and I noticed so many horrible mistakes he made. I actually never was face to face with him. Ok well here I my situation that my old attorney didn’t tell me about. My conditions are both physical and mental. I have 100% hearing loss in one ear (which happened during the middle of the appeals process told my attorney about it and it affecting me wasn’t even mentioned to me that it would help since the condition can be used together) I also have mental health issues, bipolar, anxiety, adhd along with more diagnosis that were changed later and the symptoms that happen along with the meds I take for them. The bad part is that I have never been treated by a Psychiatrist.. I have always seen APRN’s and PA’s which no matter what they say about me the examiner probably just skip reading it. I was not informed of that GIANT problem by my attorney. Last time around they had me see one of their Psychologists, he basically disagreed with everything I said about myself. Like that I didn’t have anxiety. Well my anxiety isn’t brought on by sitting in a room with a DR… So I believe I was doomed from that as well. Now they want me to again see one of their DR. I was taking along time to get my health questionnaire filled out so I gave my examiner a call to let her know. Even filling out that form was hindered because of my problems. I also asked her another question. I wanted to get clarification on 12 months you automatically qualify for after you have a cochlear implant. After reading everything I could about it I still could not find anything about if it had to be both ears or 1 or really any other conditions that affect it. So that’s what I asked. Her response was “I don’t know why they would even do the surgery when you can hear just fine out of the other ear” I feel like I am doomed again. I feel that from what she said she is already bias. Obviously she doesn’t know what its like to lose all of your hearing in 1 ear at the age of 25. Its like a whirlwind of words in the one good ear. Try finding a ringing cell phone when every sound, sounds like it is coming from the same direction. Is what she said something I should talk to someone about? I feel like that is some kind of discrimination. Any thoughts and recommendations?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nic,

      You might get a statement from your ENT doctor about the reasons for having the surgery, which describes the hearing problems you are having with unilateral hearing. Also, changing to a psychiatrist for the care of your mental health conditions could be helpful to your claim. If you are denied this time, I suggest that you get representation by hiring an attorney who is well versed in Social Security law. You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  31. Zack says:

    Hello Kay,

    Recently applied for social security supplemental income for my severe ADHD and Anxiety, its been a couple months now since my filing date; I have medical documentation for both conditions, including for being sent to inpatient care after being hospitalized from an anxiety/panic attack. Social security pretty much has all my school and medical records, all of which are generally reflective of the severity of my conditions (including horrid grades). Aside from that I also had multiple official mental evaluations done on me as a child that found that I had severe ADHD, including reports from two separate school psychologists. I was also a special education student for a large portion of my life. I attended therapy as a child and the past 22 years + have been on every medication for ADHD and I am still on treatment for ADHD and now my Anxiety as well. A combination of my anxiety and ADHD has placed my life halt and I have finally given up attempting to hold a job, I have been fired from every job I’ve held since I was 17 because of the symptoms of my conditions. I am now 22 and despite being able to find jobs, its nearly impossible for me to hold them for more than a few months because eventually my conditions become to much to cope with and interfere ending with me getting harshly fired. To wrap this up, a couple of weeks ago I attended my first partial psychological evaluation (took around an hour) now usually you’re either denied or approved after you have attended the Psychological Evaluation/CE, or at least I thought. So to fast forward I just just received a notice from social security that they have scheduled me for a second Psychological evaluation with a different Psychologist, what does this mean? Does suggest that I may get approved and they simply needed a second opinion to be sure? Or is this standard procedure?

    Thank you,
    Sincerely, Zack

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Zack,

      It is unlikely that Social Security would get a second consultative opinion. It is more likely that the second doctor will do a different type of evaluation to gather additional information not included in the first exam.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  32. Jenae says:

    If I am eligible for my Dad’s SSDI as an adult disabled child since he died, do I have to get SSI for myself also? I was cut off of all benefits because I had more than $2000. I’d like to avoid that in the future.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jenae,

      Your assets will not affect Social Security Disabled Adult child benefits, which that require that you are unmarried and that you became disabled before age twenty-two. You are never required to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI); however, if you do qualify for SSI, even for a small amount, in most states you will also receive Medicaid, which can be quite valuable.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  33. Ed says:

    I am 35 with 2 kids I havent work in over 5 yrs. I have Severe anxiety,Depression and Agoraphobia when I did work I would only be there a week or month tops, reason for leaving My Anxiety would take over when I mad a mistake or something on the job the I would just Leave/Quit Right away I’ve been diagnosed for about 7 yrs and I have a Lawyer who I am afraid to ask ?’s to and My hearing is a few weeks away I’ve been denied twice I See the Judge next at the hearing what are my chances and can you kindly explain what more I need to do thanks!

    • Ed says:

      My Medications are Xanax 0.5 Mg’s 4 X’s a day Desparamine 150mgs 2 before bed And on job situation I have never had a job longer then 2 months in my life ok sorry too bug ya with all the ?’s Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ed,

      I am unable to predict the outcome of your hearing. You need to gather your questions and talk with your attorney about them.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  34. Ed says:

    On my above Statement I’m so bad that I can’t even barely leave my house only time I do is Dr and getting kids from school I don’t have to get out or talk to anyone at school thank god

  35. Jeremy says:

    Hey, I have a couple of different issues going on with regards to my SSDI application. I applied last year and my hearing date has been scheduled for next month. I was not expecting a hearing date to come so fast. I have two diagnosed medical conditions. One is a blood clotting disorder called, Hughes Syndrome, and the other is, Post Thrombotic Syndrome – diagnosed by a vascular surgeon. PTS is also the same as SSI’s listing for, Chronic Venous Insufficiency. The vascular doctor says they can’t operate to fix the veins in my right leg. The pain is permanent. I have a Doppler scan that shows chronic Post Phlebitic changes in the Popliteal vein – and narrowing/thickening of the vein lumen. The vein Is blocked.

    I have swelling, pain, and limited mobility because of this. I don’t know of the surgeon will fill out an RFC for me. The clotting disorder I have is serious in the fact that the blood doc told me that I would clot up again if I went off my blood thinners. He said with my vein being that damaged, I would clot up within ten days of discontinuing blood thinners. Then I can have another Pulmonary Embolism. I also suffer from chronic chest pain from my saddle PE. There are days when I literally feel like an 85 year old man. I can’t sleep at night without Norco pain meds due to the constant pain in my right leg. The only problem with my pain is that is subjective. My primary care doc doesn’t really believe my pain is coming from the damaged veins, but he continues to prescribe me pain meds.

    I also have had mental issues for quite some time. I have never seen a psych doctor because I can’t afford one. The only reason why I’ve recently received these other diagnoses is because of the Obamacare expansion. I otherwise would have never qualified for Medicaid. This has helped me a lot to get medical documentation, but they do not provide any mental health services. Last November I was sent to an SSA mental evaluation. The examining psychiatrist said that I suffer from severe anxiety disorder, organic schizophrenia, and that I was not faking my symptoms. He claims that I can show up on time to medical appointments, but not to work. The SSA was not happy with is findings and said that Organic Schizophrenia is not a definitive diagnosis. Their report says that I can no longer drive a truck (I was a truck driver that is my only for of work and I have just a GED for education)!

    They said that I can’t perform complex tasks, or work with co-workers. They said that I have to work in a setting away from the general public, and alone from co-workers. They said that I have a light restriction and that I can work as a chicken processor. The only problem with that is I can’t sit in a chair like a regular person. It hurts my leg. I spend all day sitting on a couch with both of my legs elevated to promote circulation. The vascular doc says I have over 200 valves in my leg, and they are all damaged. If I sit for too long in a regular chair, my leg swells and I develop a limp. If I stand for more than 2 hours without a break, my leg is in bad pain. I can barely climb up and down stairs, and I can’t bend down on my right knee.

    How do I prove all this. My primary doc says I can drive again, but I told him I can’t drive commercially on pain pills, and there is no way I can sit for 16 hours in the rivers seat without pain control. I don’t even drive a car – I haven’t for two years since my accident. I can see a psychiatrist and get some documentation if I can get my hearing rescheduled for a few months from now. I will just have to spend every last bit of my savings to do so, and if my case is denies, I will be completely broke. M vascular doc says that in seven years my right leg will be discolored, and I will have severe skin ulcers, Technically all I have to d is wait and I will meet SSA’s immediate listing for first time approval. I just don’t know how to get the doc’s or the judge to believe in my condition without putting them inside my body.

    There are days here and there when the pain goes down considerable, then I overwork myself and am laid up for two days. It’s like a constant roller coaster ride. If I had high doses of pain med, I might be able to work part time on my feet, but they will not give me anything more than what I’m on right now. Do you think I should risk my last bit of money to get a good mental diagnosis even though I do not have an extensive history of mental illness? Should I just let the case be dismissed and file again once I’ve had two or three more years of records to build up? Some of my mental issues stem from my chronic pain, like the suicidal thoughts and anger that I display for not being able to return to work.

    I also have type two diabetes, morbid obesity that they noted on the second appeals denial letter, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease. I know that obesity is no longer a listing on the SSA’s impairment list, but if it exacerbates an existing impairment, it can help me win my case!

    That is the jest of my situation. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

    Jeremy!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jeremy,

      I cannot advise you regarding whether or not to pay for a mental health evaluation. I do suggest that you get a statement from your vascular doctor about your limitations and capacities. I also suggest that you discuss your case with a Social Security attorney for input on the advisability of asking to have the hearing postponed. If the postponement is denied and your hearing denied because you decided not to pursue, you might lose the ability to get approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) later because you might not still be insured for SSDI after the date of the hearing denial.

      You can obtain an excellent Social Security attorney by calling Disability Advisor at 1-888-393-1010. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free. When you call, let Disability Advisor know what your hearing is coming up in October and need advice quickly.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  36. thomas says:

    I live in N.C. and I am an serve agoraphobic with ptsd panic disorder genralizied anxiety and social anxeity I was released from work about a month or two ago witch is literally 100yards away from my house I filled for ssi but will I be anle to get it I haven’t been able to go within a half mile radius away from my home in 5 years and my condition is what has come between me and my job I haven’t seen noone but a inhome care mental program what should I do when I have my appointment and when I fill out my app on medical and doctor sections

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Thomas,

      List the agency that provides your in-home mental health care as your medical provider. Also list the name of the person there who knows the most about your condition and, if you know it, the name of the physician or nurse practitioner who is overseeing your care and prescribing medications you take. Explain the agoraphobia and how it affects you. Explain why you were able to work for a while and what happened related to your disability that you were let go. Request a telephone interview instead of a phone interview. If you are asked to go to a consultative examination, see if you can have a physician come to your home. If that’s not possible, perhaps you could venture out if one of your care providers went with you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  37. Dawn says:

    I’ve been diagnosed Bi-polar, I have PTSD, suffer from severe depression. I haven’t worked since like 1999, I’m 30 years old and have 3 kids. Do I qualify for SSI?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dawn,

      Whether or not you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) depends on the severity of your illnesses and how they affect your ability to work and on your income and and on the income and assets of your spouse if you are married living with your spouse. To find out whether you qualify, you need to file a claim.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  38. Mark says:

    I had been on social security for over 12 years but voluntarily re-entered the workforce about a decade ago. However, my original conditions with anxieties and depression have worsened and I have been through a number of jobs, and now I have re-filed for disability. I have attended a CE and provided lots of medical information, though they are still requesting more information from me before making a determination. Since I was on disability for so long previously and my current conditions are what originally had me on disability to begin with, do you think that will help with my claim?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mark,

      Your medical history will be considered, but eligibility will be based on your current condition.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  39. Tracy says:

    If I was diagnosed with PTSD in high school a few years ago, by the the school psychologist, would I be able to apply for SSI/SSD?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tracy,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability and Social Security Disability benefits are paid to people who are disabled and unable to work because of their medical or psychiatric condition. For either claim you need current psychiatric information about your condition. If you are unable to work, I suggest that you discuss your condition with a psychiatrist both for treatment and to assess whether you should apply for disability.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

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