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Old 04-14-2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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BIPOLAR/NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and DISABILITY

Hi All.

Since my wife's latest relapse, I am really scared and concerned that when she goes back to her line of work that she might aggravate her condition again. I felt vulnerable the last time when she relapse that I felt that my kids are not safe with her. With that said, can my wife file for disability for her current condition? I have a feeling that my wife will never be mentally tough again to battle the stress and rigors of working.

Please advise.

 
Old 04-14-2009, 06:57 PM   #2
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Re: BIPOLAR/NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and DISABILITY

Well, I cant say I have an expert opinion but here's what Id do. Contact HR at her job. If you dont feel comfortabel talking to them, then get the number for her insurance. Investigate mental health coverage, if she has any. Outside of her job, I dunno who youd call. Unemployment? I dont see why disability isnt an option if she is that disabled by it. You can also see her doctors with her, if she permits it. If Im totally off, someone set me straight.

 
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Re: BIPOLAR/NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and DISABILITY

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Well, I cant say I have an expert opinion but here's what Id do. Contact HR at her job. If you dont feel comfortabel talking to them, then get the number for her insurance. Investigate mental health coverage, if she has any. Outside of her job, I dunno who youd call. Unemployment? I dont see why disability isnt an option if she is that disabled by it. You can also see her doctors with her, if she permits it. If Im totally off, someone set me straight.
If she has short term disabitil through her job then you would go through her insurance. You can also take time off under the FMLA, family medical leave act. For full term social secuity disability you have to contact social security and start the process, it is not an easy one, nor is it quick, it can take up to a year or two.

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Old 04-14-2009, 11:20 PM   #4
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Re: BIPOLAR/NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and DISABILITY

First, I just want to commend you for caring enough to take the time to research this and seek others opinions. I have often felt unable to work as well. The majority of the time I can be committed to a job, but I know I use more sick days than the average person because it is all just too much to juggle at times.

Possibly your wife might consider a new line of work if this is too stressful. Or going part time. Does she take her meds consistently?

 
Old 04-15-2009, 12:26 AM   #5
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Re: BIPOLAR/NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and DISABILITY

I'm 21 years old, and trying to get out on my own.
My parents' (my mother mainly) and my lifestyles are apparently not compatible, so it looks like it's time to go.

Due to my inability to deal with copious amounts of stress...levels of stress that normal people would be able to shrug off (this happens with a lot of jobs...you people know what I am talking about), I end up having to quit/get fired from the job, or my hours are cut to nothing for not doing well.

I am trying to go about receiving public assistance as far as receiving money for housing and food...so I can concentrate what energies I do have on my schooling.

I am spreading myself too thin if I worked enough to pay for an apartment as well as go to school.

It is literally impossible for me to do both.

It's just rough waiting until this sort of help finally comes through.

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Old 04-15-2009, 08:28 PM   #6
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Re: BIPOLAR/NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and DISABILITY

Trying for disability would be a good thing to do now, just to open that option for her. BP is one of the conditions that make people eligible for benefits.
Is she getting good treatment?
I'd worry about the kids, especially.

 
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