Once you get diagnosed with Bipolar, the Major Depression diagnosis is dropped because major depression is PART of bipolar. Then there is Borderline Personality Disorder as a second diagnosis. Self-injury is a behavior, not a diagnosis. It is often seen in people with Borderline. So, as I see it, you have two diagnoses.View Thread
Read my other comment under the one you asked about treatment or jail. You will have to go to court. The judge will decide if you go to treatment, get probation, or go to jail. If you go to jail and have proof of mental illness you will still get medical treatment. The jails and prisons are full of people with mental illness. It is not a defense.View Thread
What kind of advocate do you need? A lawyer? A social worker? .... Once you answer that, and where you live, you are still not likely to get a helpful answer as the chances are low that someone else who knows will live where you do.View Thread
My nephew has BP. He was driving erratically and chased by the police. He believed they were going to kill him. After he finally stopped the car he ran. Evading the police is a felony. He was deemed, in court, to be unable to assist in his own defense and was admitted to a mental hospital. Once he was released he had to return to court. He was found guilty of a felony and put in jail for 9 months. They certainly knew he was mentally ill but he was still held responsible for his behavior.View Thread
1> is it based on previous income, or the amount of bills you have?
Your social security disability is based on what you earned in the past. You have to have worked for 10 units, which I understand are years although I could be wrong. They don't care how much you owe or need every month for bills.
2> I own my own home, or am paying the bank for the mortgage each month - will being on disability mean I have to give up my home?
If you can pay the mortgage you can keep the house. When I went on disability I had to sell my house because I couldn't afford it. I took my savings and bought a used mobile home. Now my cost went from $979 a month for a mortgage to $280 for lot rent.
3> Am I able to have a part-time job while on disability? Or would it be better not to be?
There is an amount you can earn it is somewhere between $800 and $1000 a month, can't remember which. If you earn more than that you are deemed to not be disabled and will be on your own again.
4> what sort of insurance and/or medical benefits, if any, does it have? I'd hate to be put in the position of needing to go on disability, then being unable to see my doc or get my meds because then I'd NEVER get better, you know?
One correction to all the information you received. You have to be on social security disability for TWO years before you are eligible for medicare. If your income from social security disability is low enough (I know that's no what we want, of course) then you may qualify for medicaid which doesn't have a waiting time required.
I was on COBRA insurance when I went on SSD and had to stay on it for two years before becoming eligible for medicare. Remember that medicare A & B (coverage for hospital and doctors) is not enough as it only pays 50 - 80% of the bills. You have to pay for supplemental insurance to pick up the rest. Also parts A & B don't cover medication. You have to pay for Part D insurance which covers medicine. Learn about the doughnut hole. The first $2500 approx. spent on medications is paid by the insurance company although you will have co-pays. Then the doughnut hole comes into play. Until you (and others paying for you) have paid approx $4500 Part D does NOT pay anything toward your medication. Once you have gotten out of the doughnut hole your med cost drops dramatically. Final word, if you can, get medicaid.View Thread
Lithium IS natural, it is an element. But natural doesn't mean safe. Snake venom is natural, but it can kill. Many people equate natural with safe. As far as lithium being safe, if taken at the right amount it is just as safe as most of the "unnatural" medications. All medications and chemicals we ingest have side effects, even something as commonly used as aspirin.View Thread
I am no longer a wife (divorced), my only child died, and I am on SSD and no longer a professor. But I am still a mother and still have my education (Ph.D) so I am still "Dr." You still have children, you are still a mother. You still have your education and are still a nurse even though you aren't working.View Thread