Medicated For Your Protection
I Forgot Why I Cake Topamax
Note from Jerod - Unlike every other article on this site, the bibliography comes first!
Honestly, as it’s been ten years since Bryan and I each applied for and received SSDI, and eight years since he wrote and I first published this article, you’re probably better off going to the sites we have linked to for updated information about eligibility, the appeals process and the like when you’re disabled due to a mental illness, a neurological condition, or some other form of brain cooties.
Federal definition of disability explained.
Note from Jerod - here’s the easy definition: are you able to keep a job, any job, in spite of your condition? If the answer is yes, you’re not disabled. Before you ask about the people who work at Goodwill — they were on SSI before they started working at Goodwill.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) list of impairments. AKA the Blue Book. If it’s not in here you’re not disabled.
Notes from Jerod -
Seriously, if you don’t have at least one diagnosis listed in the SSA’s Blue Book you do not qualify. If they cannot assign a name and code number to whatever your problem is, it does not exist. If your problem does not exist you’re faking it, so get off your lazy ass and find a job. Here is the list of mental illnesses considered bad enough to be disabling and here is the list of neurological conditions like epilepsy and MS. If you don’t find yours there, use the search box with your diagnosis and “medically determinable impairment” in quotes, as what you have may have been added since 2008.
Sorry migraineurs, no matter how debilitating those daily headaches are that prevent you from functioning most of the time, you just have to suck it up and walk it off. Or find a lawyer, as chronic migraines are disabling only if you’re under 21. Fibromyalgia sufferers: you’ve got an immune system disorder that was only recently recognized, so you’re eligible, but don’t be surprised if your claim is still repeatedly denied.
Even if you are disabled you may not qualify for benefits. Social Security’s Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) will help you determine if you do or not. It looks a lot like the application, but it’s not. This will determine if you qualify financially for SSI, SSDI, or neither. It’s more than possible for you to be too well off for SSI, but you fail to qualify for SSDI because your work history is too sporadic due to, I don’t know, being disabled or something.
So, if you are officially disabled and financially eligible, read on.
First up - essential websites to visit to find out if you qualify and how to best apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI):
Answers to questions about disability benefits. Answered by Douglas M. Smith, an attorney who specializes in disability cases. They have some more resources as well. Mr. Smith is the author of Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants, one of the books Bryan used to get his benefits and as a source for this article.
bipolar.about.com’s articles and links on the SSDI process when crazy. While bipolar disorder is the focus of the articles, nothing is exclusive to bipolar, and can apply to all forms of crazy.
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) FAQ. This source can also help you find an attorney or advocate if it gets to the point that you need to appear before a judge.
Note from Jerod - I called NOSSCR’s toll-free number ((800) 431–2804) and they found me a lawyer who was willing to come to my house when my agoraphobia was too severe for me to leave my house for weeks at a time. She put my case together and got my claim approved on an almost unprecedented second try. Plus she got the date of my disability back-dated, which more or less covered her fee. If you need a lawyer or non-attorney advocate I highly recommend getting a lawyer through NOSSCR. I’ve read nothing but good things about them. Ignore any ad on TV, on this site, wherever, that does not state the person is a member of NOSSCR.
Carolina Disability’s Disability Discussion Forum FAQ
The forum itself was overrun by spammers, is available only to registered members, and hasn’t had any activity since 2006. Their FAQ is still loaded with good info.
Social Security’s Disability Insurance (SSDI) Page
This page has links to all the information and paperwork you need to have apply, along with a link to begin the application process. the main SSDI page is confusing and doesn’t add much of value.
The main SSI page is a lot less confusing than the main SSDI page, probably because you can’t apply for SSI online.
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Medicated For Your Protection
|BEFORE applying, I recommend getting the following three books:|
|Nolo’s Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits||How to Get SSI & Social Security Disability: An Insider’s Step by Step Guide||Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants|
|Be sure to get the most recent edition. The most informative of the three books. Well worth the $30 (in 2002).) Note from Jerod - I used this book, but I still needed a lawyer. Paperwork and I don’t get along.||This gives a different account of actually how to navigate through the process — is very easy to read — and has a whole chapter on Mental Disorders.||This book is worth it for the supplemental forms that help you organize your hospital/doctor/clinic information and other things.|
Read through these books — and fill out the forms in the Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants — before you begin applying.
Note from Jerod - The links for the first two books go to the Crazymeds Amazon store, so if you buy them there I get a small commission for the sale. The link to the third book goes to the author’s website. The most recent edition of Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants is out of print from the original publisher and goes for $150 (or more!), which seems ridiculous to me. Fortunately Mr. Smith offers his own reprints and electronic versions at much more reasonable prices.
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Applying For SSDI/SSI: Part 1 Eligibility & Resources by Jerod Poore and Bryan is copyright © 2004 & 2012 Jerod Poore and Bryan
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.
3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.
* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.