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Old 11-15-2003, 09:20 PM   #1
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3 Year Review for Mental Health Disability

Hi,

I'm over 50 and I have paranoia scizophrenia. My 3 year review is now and I'm concerned about this. It appears that I'm normal, but that is only with the assistance of my meds. Does any one have any experience with this?

Is there something that I should highlight on my review form?

Thanks

 
Old 11-15-2003, 10:24 PM   #2
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Hi,

I'm over 50 and I have paranoia scizophrenia. My 3 year review is now and I'm concerned about this. It appears that I'm normal, but that is only with the assistance of my meds. Does any one have any experience with this?

Is there something that I should highlight on my review form?

Thanks
[FONT=Trebuchet MS]Like you, I am over 50. I have applied for SSI, but briefly was a Benefits Specialist before that (ha!). All the government cares about for SSI is:: can you work? And your doctor's eval has alot to do with their conclusion about that.

For info. about working on SSI or SSDI, go to the Social Security's website at [url]www.socialsecurity.gov/work[/url]. Check out [url]www.socialsecurity.gov/disability[/url] for comprehensive info. on disability benefits programs.

If you are NOT up to working, detail all the reasons why not on your review form after discussing with your doctor/therapist for their concurrence.

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Old 11-15-2003, 11:12 PM   #3
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When you first applied for SS benefits- you had the "burden of proof" meaning that you had to prove to them that you were disabled.

Now that you receive benefits, the burden of proof is on social security.
During the review process, they would have to prove that you are NOT disabled anymore (or that you have had significant recovery) to be able to stop your benefits.

Also remember that if you are denied benefits at the end of the review process you have the right to request an appeal, and you can request that your benefits be continued during the review process.

You shouldn't have too much to worry about as long as you have medical reports from doctors stating that you are receiving continued treatment for your condition. The #1 rule for being on SS is Documentation!!

I just went through the review process (I am on disability due to a severe anxiety disorder) and I had no problems with my benefits being continued for another 3 years.

Good luck!

~Wittesea

 
Old 11-16-2003, 06:06 AM   #4
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Good Info

oops...I think I posted this on the main discussion...

Wow jorob, life really comes full circle sometimes. At least you have the advantage over knowing exactly what to expect and how the process works.

I'm also confused about the question has your condition gotten worse or improved...some places say to mark no, that the condition has done neither. Like I said, with my meds, I have less of the tendencies that I had before.

Also I have glaucoma. Should I list this as a new condition and another reason that prevents me from working since it has nothing to do with my disabling illness??

thanks

 
Old 11-16-2003, 11:14 AM   #5
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Your underlying condition would not be improved without meds, so I would put "no change" personally, but call Soc. Sec. and ask as a general question, without identifying yourself, if possible. I believe they go by your condition as it exists at the time of the review, with meds or whatever other treatment controls it, but double check that.

DO include the glaucoma. They look at all physiological and psychological contributors to any disabilities.

 
Old 11-17-2003, 07:25 PM   #6
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Thank you Wittesea and Jorob

I have another concern. I pulled my medical records and my therapist has all positive information like: she maintains eye contact, dresses neatly, thinks logically, and no side effects from medicine. It may appear that on the one day per year visit with him that I am progressing, but I am battling with this illness on a daily basis. I have to deal with my illness and I have found ways of maintaining.

Can anyone offer advice for this situation where the doctor's reports seems positive? I have to fill out the 10 page CDR.

Thanks

 
Old 11-19-2003, 03:43 PM   #7
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Detail all that your daily battles entail and emphasize that your meds might stop working for you at any time, therefore you are never really permanently "stablized."

Your doctor, of all people, should know this. But if only you are filling out the CDR, be very specific in all the ways your illness still takes a toll, or COULD.

 
Old 12-02-2003, 12:23 AM   #8
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Re: 3 Year Review for Mental Health Disability

I wish you luck with your review...from what I was told by a friend who works in the SSDI office, you should list EVERYTHING. I was approved 3 years ago for post traumatic stress disorder and severe recurrent depression, even though I felt my main disability was heart conditions (I have 5 but since I was in my mid-20's I was told I wouldn't get disability for these until I was in my 50's or 60's). I'm now realizing my PTSD and depression, although much improved with meds, are much more of a problem than I first thought. Thank God I was approved for these things (even though I felt it was humiliating when I was first approved). This is giving me a little time to recover and hopefully get back on track someday. God bless! Let us know how the review goes?

 
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