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Subject: Re: Getting on disability Date: 4/11/2001 10:53 PM
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Phantomdiver,

Sorry to hear your husband has been suffering from severe depression, anxiety disorder, and perhaps more. I find it coincidental that I was just talking to a friend about if my own bipolar disorder should progress more severely in the future, I may need to look into SSD or SSI, as well, but I'm glad I don't yet need to do so. I have no first hand experience in considering or applying for disability, but I have some general thoughts and links.

My first thought is that you should be VERY careful about internet sites and misc. unless you are absolutely sure such info. is legitimate; when it comes to applying for Social Security benefits and disability stuff, errors in timing, judgement, or application process can be costly.

With that disclaimer said, my rule of thumb is to check real life resources such as:

1) For legal and local guidance, contact an attorney who is familiar with, or specializes in, social security benefits and disability cases, preferably mental health cases.

2) For free information, go to a local library and ask the librarians there for information about how to learn about applying for disability and social security benefits.

3) Contact your state agency or organization dealing with mental health issues, a reliable advocacy group for the mentally ill, or other. If you don't know of a state agency, then contact some of the various national organizations. Following are a few organizations to start:


National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI)
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201
Help line: 800/950-NAMI or 703/524-7600
Web site: http://www.nami.org
NAMI also has a HelpLine, an information and referral service: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) (M-F, 10am-5pm, Eastern time).


National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association (NDMDA)
730 N. Franklin Street, Suite 501
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7204 USA
(800) 826-3632
(312) 642-0049
(312) 642-7243--fax
Web site: http://www.ndmda.org/


Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
11900 Parklawn Drive, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20852
Telephone: 301/231-9350
Web site: http://www.adaa.org



If you'd still like to get a general feel for the disability issues, I found some misc. sites as follows:

On a government site on the history of the Social Security Administration changes since its beginnings.
http://www.ssa.gov/history/history6.html


This looks like some type of amateur site; interesting, but please read cautiously (remember my earlier disclaimer about trusting information off the internet)
http://www.mind-set.com/html/wami/ssi.htm
"SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY AND SSI: HOW TO APPLY FOR BENEFITS"

The above seems to be from their main site, http://www.mind-set.com/
subtitled "A Self-Help and Resource Guide for Individuals with Mental Illness, Their Families, and Social Service Professionals." This might be worth skimming through.


Another misc. amateur or business site; again, read with caution and remember my earlier disclaimer. This site seems to be about someone in Massachusetts applying for Social Security Benefits due to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and subsequent issues regarding serious depression.
http://www.masscfids.org/Intro.html

Good luck and much support to you and your husband, Meg.

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