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Thank you for requesting my help. I am glad to be of assistance.
Given your situation, it would be very normal to feel as if you should have no hope. But try not to see your re approval for disability as a step in the wrong direction. It is not. Disability is mostly approved based on paperwork and not on a real working knowledge of who you are as a person. You know your abilities and your gifts. The disability workers do not. You also know what you are capable of.
The fact that you are young, have a degree from a good University and most importantly have a strong desire to work and move ahead in your life are all excellent signs that you will succeed. Half the battle in any situation is having the desire to succeed. If you think of all the people you have ever heard of that accomplished great feats in life while having a disability, that alone can give you courage. And you may want to start your goals by seeking out and getting to know the stories of such individuals. The inspiration can help keep your spirits up and keep you motivated when you feel low.
Also, start setting goals. Small, measurable goals that are easy to accomplish and can move you towards where you want to be. Involve other people for support. Call people in the areas you need help (career counselors for example), therapy for support, and other professionals can help you and give you places to turn when you get stuck.
Build other support as well. Have you tried a support group yet? There are many on line and in person that you could attend and get ideas on how to cope with mental health issues while working and having a family. They may even know of employers that are easy to work for when you have a disability.
Also, learn your rights as a person with a disability. It is important that you understand how to protect yourself when you do rejoin the workforce.
Most of all, be easy on yourself. You have just learned of your re approval for disability. It is new and it takes time to adjust to. But it is not the end of your dreams, it's only a small stop along the way.
I hope this helps,