Thoughts From MY Cluttered Mind offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Bipolar Disorder myself and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Disability - to apply or not to apply?

For anyone faced with this decision it is one that will drive you crazy. I have had doctors tell me for the last 10 years or so that I should apply for disability. My Bipolar does play havoc with me and can make the working world difficult, too many stories to go along with that one.

Well, with my psychiatrists help I took the plunge and put in my paperwork. Well, it was an experience to say the least, and in the end it was denied because........

I have not worked enough to qualify for disability!! OK, explain this one to me - I am going for disability because I am not able to work - but because I am not able to work I can not get disability.

Will we ever understand the mindset of the government? Probably not.

So, what do I do now? Well, I continue writing - it is my passion. I also work with a friend who understands my illness and works with me. If I am having a bad day, no problem, it's OK. I make phone calls and do some computer work for their business.

Can you relate?