Can I go on permanent disability with a dignosis of major depressive disorder, degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, and severe anxiety and depression?
Gender: FemaleAge: 56
I'm taking 120 mg of Cymbalta.
I see a Neurologist.
I saw a Neurosurgeon yesterday - my spinal cord is be choked off by a severe disk bulge at C4-5, risking becoming a parapalegic bue to the severity of the the bulge.
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I do have clients who are on permanent disability for Depressive Disorders but all of them want to be well and get back to work. Depression is a disorder that can be successfully treated and most who suffer from any of the depressive disorders dont want to have it and do want to live fully.
I regret that I cannot speak to the medical disorders.
If you live in the US, the procedure when you apply for SSI or DSSI is that you go to the SSA and fill out an appllication with a listing of all providers. Include your mental health counselor on the list of providers. The SSA will send the counselor a list of questions to answer about your illness and level of functioning across many domains. Once that questionnaire is completed and returned to the SSA, they will assign you a visit with an independent psychiatrist who will do yet another evaluation. When the reports of all your providers are compiled as well as independent SSA assigned doctors your case willl be reviewed and a determination will be made. The average wait for an SSA determnation is about two years with three appeals per appllication.
I think your best route on this is medical disability and not mental health disability but that is just my impression from the post you made.
I am so sorry you are in such difficulty and you have all my very best on this.
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Thank you - I was afraid that would be the answer. I've heard it's very difficult to go on perm. disabilty for depression. No medication seems to work.
YesCustomerbut based on what you have described as to your medical problems a diagnosis of Depressive Disorder would be indicated. All you have to show is that you are in treatment with a counselor and working on it and the SSA will veiw your case much more favorably.
Dont be discouraged. It is a battle but if you persist you will prevail.
Ok, thanks again
good luck to you
MS., MS.Ed., 30 years clinical and administrative experience in psychiatry and mental health