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Board: Codependency 06-19-2011, 04:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,128
Posted By Ellie1962
Addicted Friends, continue

Am a recovered prescription pill junkie...have not had anything addictive in 12 years. I have mental health issues and am averaging a hospitalization about ever 7 years or so. I had 2 last year...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 06-10-2011, 09:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,761
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Can't figure out therapist

I'm sure the therapist I called to help me can help better than the present one. She does a group to help trauma survivors that I am in. My therapist admitted to me he knows little about ptsd when...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 06-10-2011, 10:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,761
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Can't figure out therapist

Hi Phoenix,

I would like to be switched over to the new therapist right away but that's not how the clinic works. My present therapist left me a message telling me "we can talk about your...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 06-09-2011, 04:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,761
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Can't figure out therapist

I called a therapist at my clinic who I thought might help better with PTSD and she told me she could take me as a client so I left a message for my present therapist, who left me a message back...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 06-07-2011, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,761
Posted By Ellie1962
Can't figure out therapist

I had two hospitalizations last year following recovering very traumatic memories on my own (not in therapy) that retraumatized me. I was this a therapist at my mental health clinic for 8 months who...
Board: Disabilities 05-20-2011, 08:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 21,450
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: People DO get approved on their first try!!!

I know a lady who had very specialized skills who was 60 years old and disabled with very bad arthitis...could hardly walk but she continued to go to work. Her company also moved cities and they...
Board: Disabilities 05-20-2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 21,450
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: People DO get approved on their first try!!!

i KNOw people who are looking into moving to Canada, where health care will be free if you become a citizen. Hopefully the government will turn their financial issues around...somebody told me today...
Board: Disabilities 05-20-2011, 07:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 21,450
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: People DO get approved on their first try!!!

I have serious health issues with many hospitalizations also. I applied for SSDI in the early 90s and got on without having to do anything else but fill out the applicationa nd have my doctor write...
Board: Disabilities 05-10-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 29,833
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Freaking out over 3 yr ssdi review!

Social Security does reviews every 3 years on most people. The form you received is standard. I got the same form from the SSA with the exact same questions. I would just answer them honestly and...
Board: Addiction & Recovery 05-06-2011, 10:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,094
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Friends are Addicted

Hi Janet,

Thanks. I always have good intentions with people I consider friends, but you are right, they do not want friendship OR truth. The first time he had a stroke he waited 3 days to go to...
Board: Addiction & Recovery 05-06-2011, 06:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,094
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Friends are Addicted

Got $120 back so far out of $700. I should have known better than to loan anyone money but I guess I'm stupid. It's not the first time I got stiffed for a loan not being paid back.

Have kept my...
Board: Disabilities 05-03-2011, 05:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,113
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: No Disability Review

hi,

I've helped the kids and they tell me thanks all the time. THey have complained to me that their parents don't take them places, won't drive them or pick them up...I've taken them to the...
Board: Disabilities 05-02-2011, 10:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,113
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: No Disability Review

I have been in the acquaintance of two married people I met at my mental health clinic. They have two kids who both get disability for ADD. The girls seem to have some issues but they are good...
Board: Disabilities 05-02-2011, 11:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,113
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: No Disability Review

I know a former neighbor who started buying marijuana as soon as she got word she got SSI. Not to mention she tricked her doctor into writing a supporting report for her and then did a happy dance...
Board: Disabilities 05-02-2011, 09:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,113
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: No Disability Review

I have three serious mental illness diagnoses and have had many health problems the past two years. I know it is practice for the SSA to review people, but I can't figure out why some people just...
Board: Disabilities 05-02-2011, 08:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,113
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: No Disability Review

A disability lawyer told me it is standard practice of the SSA to see if a review is necessary usually after 3 years of getting on disability. Read all instructions with any form you get. Usually...
Board: Disabilities 05-02-2011, 08:35 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 34,288
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Miscellaneous disability questions!

I know someone who turned 65 and his disability payments turned into retirement payments. I don't think your friend will have to apply for disability after he reaches retirement age. He collects...
Board: Disabilities 05-02-2011, 08:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,113
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: No Disability Review

Whatever you do, if you get forms to fill out send them back certified mail, return receipt requested. My anxiety was heightened when time passed and I didn't hear anything yet, so I began to wonder...
Board: Disabilities 05-02-2011, 08:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,113
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: No Disability Review

I have been on disability since 2007. I had my hearing after being denied. Most people in my area are denied at least once and then have had to get a lawyer. I know most other people at my clinic...
Board: Disabilities 05-01-2011, 10:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,113
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: No Disability Review

Thanks. Therapists at my mental health clinic told me everybody is getting update forms. Said the government is trying to fix the budget by seeing who can work. I'm glad the SSA was fair to me.
Board: Disabilities 05-01-2011, 06:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,848
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Ssi & ssdi

Great news! You are young. I hope you get well and can make a life for yourself with a good career some day. Use the time on disability to go to medical appointments, and think positive.
Board: Schizophrenia 05-01-2011, 06:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 981
Posted By Ellie1962
Schizoaffective Disorder

Can somebody tell me what they know about schizoaffective? I had a psychosis last year and was hospitalized twice. My orignal diagnoses are PTSD and bipolar. I have a psych history over 20 years...
Board: Addiction & Recovery 05-01-2011, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,094
Posted By Ellie1962
Friends are Addicted

Several months ago I bumped into friends I met in a depression group at my clinic. They disappeared for 4 years after borrowing a lot of money fromme. Upon meeting them again they said they were...
Board: Disabilities 05-01-2011, 05:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,113
Posted By Ellie1962
No Disability Review

Way back in February I got notice from the SSA that I had to fill out the enclosed Disability Update Review form. I sent it back and hadn't heard anything for the longest time. I began to worry...
Board: Bipolar Disorder 02-23-2011, 03:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,000
Posted By Ellie1962
Always Doing Reality Checks

I have bipolar and ptsd. I find that since 2 hospitalizations last year during which I had very bad breakdowns, I am always doing reality checks. I have had to end a friendship with someone who has...
Board: Bipolar Disorder 02-23-2011, 03:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,795
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: trileptal isn't working

keep trying until you find a med that works for you. Trileptal made me sick and caused me ptsd flashbacks badly years ago. I have tried most bipolar medications and have gotten ill. See my psych...
Board: Bipolar Disorder 02-23-2011, 03:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 745
Posted By Ellie1962
Feel like mania is happening maybe?

I am diagnoseed bipolar and ptsd. Last year I had a psychosis from ptsd flashbacks and I somehow stopped taking my meds. It got bad and a neighbor called the police and the cops and an ambulance...
Board: Disabilities 02-23-2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,500
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Social Security Review

Thanks. Im probably just worried for nothing. Ive been in intensive therapy since my hospitalizations and my medical records will support this. I have an anxiety disorder and worry about...
Board: Disabilities 02-23-2011, 08:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,147
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Requested to do a medical evaluation by SSA

I'm getting a mental health review and am a bit worried too as I look fine as well, but my medical records support my disability. Did social security already get your medical records? Maybe sending...
Board: Disabilities 02-23-2011, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,500
Posted By Ellie1962
Social Security Review

I got notice this week that social security may do a full review on me. I have been on disability for 4 years now. I think the review is normal procedure. When I had my hearing the judge told me...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 01-04-2011, 07:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,499
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Significant Other's BP becoming the excuse for everything....how to deal?

I believe medication is the key to wellness with mental illness. It doens't matter how much therapy I have had or will have, if I don't take my meds I'm, quite honestly, a lunatic. My friends have...
Board: Disabilities 12-22-2010, 05:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,104
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Disability w/out a Court Hearing

We have the same problem here. I have come across people who sell their food stamps in exchange for cash for drug money. It is known that this is done...I think the problem is everywhere. I have so...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 12-17-2010, 09:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,636
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: A concerned sister!

He needs an antipsychotic that will work for him. Not sure why he was taken off haldol and put on seroquel. You'd be surprised how functional a person can be when they are given a medication that...
Board: Disabilities 12-13-2010, 10:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,101
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: New To Board, Had Hearing December 3, 2010

The judge who did my hearing told me at the hearing he was approving me.

I think your lawyer may be able to tell you how he/she thought it went and may give you an idea on how long you have to...
Board: Disabilities 12-13-2010, 10:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,104
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Disability w/out a Court Hearing

Those of us who are disabled and need our benefits should learn how to turn on the tears like this fraud does. can't believe her psychiatrist and therapist fall for it. She thinks she thoroughly...
Board: Disabilities 12-13-2010, 05:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,104
Posted By Ellie1962
Disability w/out a Court Hearing

I know somebody who was approved for disability without a court hearing. She got a letter in the mail telling her this. There was no explaination, or she didn't tell me.

SHe thinks alot of...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 12-13-2010, 02:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,826
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: PTSD/Panic attacks... when will it stop?!

I read your post because I am recently having some issues with flashbacks that are causing me anxiety/panic. I have posted here and have left messages for my therapist.

You think that therapy...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 12-12-2010, 09:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,023
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Help with Brother in Distress On West Coast

It's good of you to care about your brother. I have mental illness and my family disappeared on me over 20 years ago. I have an older brother I would like to get to know again, and we did have sort...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 12-12-2010, 09:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,499
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Significant Other's BP becoming the excuse for everything....how to deal?

I have a friend who is bipolar and many other things and she has made me disgusted with her. I no longer call her anymore as she has become critical of me, has borrowed money constantly as she is...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 12-12-2010, 02:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,432
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Doctors and PTSD

I have had this problem with doctors as well. I had a lot of muscle and bone pain that remained undiagnosed by my doctor. I went to another doctor to get my diagnosis. I have fibromyalgia and...
Board: Anxiety 12-11-2010, 02:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,650
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Anxiety leads to passing out... HELP!!!

I guess you have to figure out what is causing it first before you can cure it...that's easier said than done...I have had two anxiety attacks that both happened in crowded grocery stores. I got...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 12-11-2010, 01:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 717
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: Anxiety or Phobia?

Thanks for the idea of a checklist. I carry a small note pad in my purse and will start to do this. Sometimes I think I am losing it. I have even asked friends to drive me home to check for fire...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 12-11-2010, 11:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,636
Posted By Ellie1962
Re: A concerned sister!

A grandfather molested me as a child. I did not remember until I was 23 years old. My brother called me a liar until a cousin came forward and stated it happened to her also. This has broken apart...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 12-11-2010, 11:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 717
Posted By Ellie1962
Anxiety or Phobia?

My dx is PTSD. I witnessed and was a victim of violent acts in childhood I did not remember until adulthood. I have a memory of there being a fire in a grandmother's house when I was very young. ...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 12-11-2010, 11:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,928
Posted By Ellie1962
PTSD Memory Blocks

Hi, I had some mental health challenges this past spring. I had two hospitalization that were subsequent to the police department visiting me many times. I have been told I was disturbing...
Board: Personality Disorder 12-11-2010, 11:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,592
Posted By Ellie1962
What Personality Disorder do I have?

I found some of my medical papers and on it somebody wrote that I have Personality Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. I suspect that because I was applying for disability and my occupational...
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