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    ODSP Chances?

    hello.

    i am new to this forum, and i wanted to ask a question about odsp. i am trying to get a sense of if i will be approved or not, and i am feeling pretty discouraged. i have been reading posts by people who have/haven't gotten approved and it seems like everyone who gets approved has at least one more thing than me. what i mean is... this is what i am struggling with and what i've been diagnosed with:

    general anxiety disorder
    major depressive disorder
    possibly undiagnosed ocd (will be diagnosed properly in about a week so can update that.. i am sure i have it)
    these are not classic diagnoses but also: chronic pain, insomnia (fibromyalgia?)
    (history of substance abuse but that was only in my self report/psych eval)

    but it seems like everyone who gets accepted has either 'more severe' disorders, or has been hospitalized, or is on psychiatric medication. i have been on lots of medication in the past but i am so easily prone to addiction and sensitive to horrible side effects that i refuse to take anything now except for baclofen which helps slightly with insomnia. i don't want to become numb again which is also why i don't want anti-depressants.

    so i guess i am worried that i won't get it because my issues don't seem serious enough to qualify me as disabled. i sent my application in december and i filled out my forms very thoroughly and attached a psych evaluation, note from psychiatrist, and some notes from a specialist who gave me cortisone injections for the chronic pain. still though i feel pretty hopeless like i probably will not get it. i have not found one person out there on the internet who seems to have similar mental illness to me and who did not get rejected. any thoughts or insight much appreciated.

    *don't know how much this matters but thought i should also add:

    an important reason i have also found it so hard to retain work and have been fired so many times is because i am extremely sensitive to light and sound and am overwhelmed very easily, my memory and concentration is quite poor, and am also socially awkward.. in my experience most jobs are loud/stressful/social/multitasking/chaotic in some way.

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    Re: ODSP Chances?

    Whether or not you get approved primarily depends on how thoroughly documented your disabilities and work limitations are.

    It is essential that your doctors, therapists, etc., ensure that the degree of impairment is documented and preferably backed up with diagnostic test results, not just self-report.

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    Re: ODSP Chances?

    OK, thanks for your reply.

    Well as I said I attached a lengthy psych report from a few years ago, quite detailed, also attached several notes about my cortisone injections/chronic pain, and a letter from my psychiatrist summarizing my limitations and agreeing i am not able or very limited at working. i don't know if that is considered thorough enough.

    when i get my new diagnosis next week, should i send in the results? is it possible to add to my file even though i already sent it in a few months ago?

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    Re: ODSP Chances?

    I think that would be okay. Just attach a cover letter linking it to your existing application so they don't get confused.


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