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Old 09-27-2008, 07:38 PM   #1
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Hi I'm new here. I'm Jenny and I was just recently diagnosed with bipolar, not sure which kind, but a couple of my friends who know a lot about it told me to get checked out for it. I've been a lot worse sine early July when I lost my mother to dimentia.

It's the first major loss I've ever had to go through and it's been really hard. I had a job, but quit the first of August due to extreme stress over my mom and some other things that were going wrong. I haven't been able to get back to work.

I'm now trying to get on disability, but not really sure what I'm supposed to do to get that. Hopefully someone will call me back soon. But I've been really depressed and not doing a whole lot, sleeping a lot, and stuff like that. So anyway, just thought I'd introduce myself.

 
Old 09-28-2008, 07:26 AM   #2
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Welcome to the board... I am so sorry about the loss of your Mom.. I lost my Mom in 2007

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Old 09-28-2008, 04:58 PM   #3
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Sorry about your loss, I lost my sister when I was 13 and it was really hard. Are you seeing a psychiatrist to help with your BP, are you taking any meds. Just an FYI getting on disability can be really difficult, especially with such an early diagnosis, but good luck.

 
Old 09-29-2008, 07:16 AM   #4
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Thanks. Yeah it's been hard.

I'm taking Topamax for my BP, just started recently, and I'm responding great to it. Hoping to increase my dose soon but have to talk to my psychiatrist. I'm also taking Nardil for depression, and Clonazapam for anxiety. And a bunch of other stuff for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.

My psych. told me it would take a long time to get on disability, but I don't even really know where to start. I called the number they told me to, and left a message, but they never called me back. Is that normal? Should I just wait or try again?

 
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yep that's pretty normal....do you have a library? I think you can go there an get thr forms. Or print them off your computer and send them in. You need to know....A diagnosis of BiPolar will not automatically get you on disability. there are people on this board that have been trying for years.

 
Old 09-29-2008, 04:26 PM   #6
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Wow that sucks! My psych said that I would be able to, it would just take time... but to not be able to get it at all? That wouldn't be good. I can't work. Seriously. I'm a mess, especially since my mom died, I'm like a million times worse, and my dad's 86 and not always doing the greatest. I think I'd totally lose it if I lost him anytime soon. We're so close. I really hope they will get me on disability. Do you know what site I'm supposed to go to? That would help get me started.

 
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