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Hi PD,

Sorry you and your husband are dealing with this difficult issue. Having seen depression from both sides, I know it isn't easy for either party, and I wish you both the best.

I'll toss in my 2 cents worth here, as I assisted my neighbor in applying for SSI disability while she was awaiting her liver transplant. Like most government programs, it's a PITA to go through, but may well be worth it. There are lots of forms to fill out, and you'll end up feeling like you're answering the same questions over and over again. DH will also have to have support from his doc(s) in applying, since he'll have to release medical records. He'll also have to be seen by a doc and a psychologist of the government's choice. They also want feedback from others who know the patient (e.g., friends or neighbors) who can attest to disability and need.

Be prepared for it to take a number of months to go through the process. I'm sure they make it intentionally difficult to reduce the number of people applying and receiving disability who are not really entitled to it. The good news is that, once you get approval, payments are generally retroactive to the point at which the disability began.

Once again, best wishes to you and DH in getting through your troubled times.

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