I am applying for Disability due to mental illness. I lost my job due to Bipolar and ADD side effects.?

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slimstud
Asked at 2012-07-14 03:31:03
I received a call from local office in Florida after submitting the detailed paperwork that questions my illness and how it has effected my work and personal life. The woman told me that they were trying to move quick and had asked if I had seen a doctor in Florida yet--I had not due to no insurance and limited resources in the area. The woman was very polite and said that she had received records from the doctor in my previous state and was sending out for more in the hopes that they did not have to send me to one of their doctors. She also didn't mention or schedule a phone interview for me. My husband applied as well for PTSD and Agoraphobia, and had his phone interview before even getting the paperwork to complete. I am wondering if anyone has an idea from personal knowledge and experience what is going on with my case. Is this normal? I know I will be denied as it's the first time and it NEVER goes this fast. I keep holding out for a shred of hope and have foolish faith that perhaps the developments in my case are a good sign. The last doctor/psychiatrist I had in my past state put me on a total of three weeks medical leave and didn't want me to go back to work for fear of getting fired. He told me that he didn't think I could work. I ended up getting fired. I do get unemployment benefits, which I know, is a detriment to my case. However, I didn't realize that I could apply so soon for disability after losing my job, and without income and any family support, financially and otherwise, I had no choice but to reach for benefits I had paid in. I was told by a lawyer that the worse case, apart from being denied (which he believed might not happen based only on the unemployment)-would be that I would have to pay back any payments from UE. That's fine with me. Please, no comments about how I am screwing the system or taking advantage of it. I am sure I am with collecting UE and going for disability, but my husband and I are both waiting for disability and I can't work. I also can't afford to live under a roof and not pay anything to a landlord. I am on a waiting list for subsidized housing, but am not disabled as of yet. My income has put me on a waiting list. I also need to put gas in my car to get groceries when I am able to or to let others drive me if my anxiety is too severe. I figured that since I had not received disability as of yet-and have not been approved, that technically I am still willing and able to work since I haven't received official word and approval from SSD.

Sorry for the multiple questions within a question. I have never been through the process myself before. It's confusing and frustrating. I hope someone can advise. I just laid out my entire case for someone to form an opinion on. Again, no rude comments, okay?
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