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    Working while Waiting for Disability

    As I mentioned earlier, I finally applied for SSI and SSDI about two weeks ago. Since it will take an average of 160 days for my claim to be processed, I told myself I would continue to look for work. Then I wound up interviewing for a pretty good summer job which, though only a 6-week job, is very high-paying. They liked me a lot at the interview, but they're also interviewing three others. I'm supposed to have an answer today, in fact.

    My concern is, if I work and make significant money while waiting for the disability claim to be approved, isn't it going to lessen my chances of getting disability? This also gives rise to a philosophical issue. I feel as though I have to either put my heart into receiving the disability, and characterizing myself as disabled; or into working, in which case I can't really view myself as disabled. The truth is actually somewhere in the middle, I suppose. I think a lot of people with bipolar disorder do work and function well, but part of my problem seems to be that because I am currently without meds, the mood swings are experienced as more severe.

    All that aside, I just wonder if I am ruining my chances of getting disability by working, even on a temporary six-week job; and if, by getting disability, I am perhaps ruining my chances of returning to work on any kind of permanent or well-paying basis. I'm a little confused about the whole approach.

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    Re: Working while Waiting for Disability

    Hmmm. This temporary job...is there any chance it might become permanent? Another thing...would the increased income from this job help you to get back on your medications, thereby making it more possible for you to find meaningful work and continue to get better?

    I don't really know much about disability, so I don't know if being on disability hampers your chances of getting a well-paying job in future. I do know that if you have a job, even a temporary job, it's a lot easier to GET a good, permanent job. Don't ask me why that is. It seems stupid, but it's true.

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    Re: Working while Waiting for Disability

    I don't know how it works in the US, Stargazer. Here in Canada (or at least Ontario), disability isn't necessarily all-or-nothing. Once you are recognized as having a "disabled" status, there is also an acknolwedgement that the degree of disability can vary over time as well as from person to person... some can work short contracts or part-time, while others really cannot work at all. For those who are able to work partially, Ontario Disability has a a Supplement plan, where whatever you are able to earn is topped up to what they consider to be your living allowance (which usually is not a great deal of money).

    You might want to ask someone in your area how they view short-term or part-time employment.

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    Re: Working while Waiting for Disability

    To address both your replies, I just learned that the same company who is considering hiring me for the summer job is hiring year-round. Since they already had my resume and references, I went ahead and applied for a position there. Also, a friend of mine who is on SSI and SSDI just gave me the number of a local person to call who can advise me as to the levels of disability vs. workability -- I don't think it's "all or nothing" here either. But if I *do* get hired full-time by the company, of course my preference would be to put my heart into the work, and as ThatLady says, I would be able to afford doctor's visits and medication in good time. I guess it will pay to keep all options open.

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    Re: Working while Waiting for Disability

    In my experience, stargazer, it's always best to keep as many options open as you can. The more choices you have, the more chance you have of finding the best possible solution to your problems. I'm really keeping my fingers crossed for you, hon!

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    Re: Working while Waiting for Disability

    Thanks!

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    Re: Working while Waiting for Disability

    Good luck Stargazer! It sounds like you are really thinking through all of the different angles. I know that the process for elgibility/determination for SSI and SSDI can be very taxing and complicated. My entire family works for the state disability office so I get to hear all about it all the time. It's not an easy thing to sort through by any means...

    Anyway I just wanted to express my support. They work for the state so I'm not sure how generalized their knowledge is across the US but if you have any specific questions I could try asking and see if they know. My mom's been working there for almost 25 years and is really a wealth of knowledge and everyone is always going to her for information and clarification (and she lives with me so it's easy access!). But it sounds like you may have already located someone locally so maybe you've got things straightened out already.

    Good luck--I'm sure you'll make the right decision about the job.

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    Re: Working while Waiting for Disability

    Good Luck Stargazer,
    I just wanted to wish you all the best, it would be important to find out the process, I know in Alberta, you can only make so much income if you work. It is different in the United States. Take care ok

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    Re: Working while Waiting for Disability

    Thanks, everyone, for your support. And Toeless, thanks for the offer. I'll let you know if I need to ask some questions of your Mom. And by the way, I have *not* yet heard about the job, which probably means she's still phoning everyone's references. It's about 9pm here in California, so it's unlikely I hear back tonight, unless by e-mail.

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    Re: Working while Waiting for Disability

    It's occurred to me that there's a whole other level to all of this. It's one thing to get the doctor's appointments, the medications, and eventually the disability check. But does that solve the problem? When I first went to the County Mental Health Center, my overwhelming need was for someone to *talk* to. I find that on a forum like this, on the Internet, I simply don't open up. Who would? I can't just post what's going on with me, for everyone to read. I need to be sitting across from a therapist, saying, "Look, this is what happened to me, here's where I am now, so where do I go?" And I can't figure it all out inside my own head.

    Anyway, they told me that it would be a lot easier for them to get a therapist to me than a doctor, but now they've given me this doctor's appointment, it's almost a month away, and I think they just forgot about the whole therapy thing. I just called them and left another message. I keep wondering if there's any other context in the community in which I can just show up and talk about my issues and not be judged, but be given ideas for direction and focus.

    I guess I'm in the space where I don't trust that anything is going to help me. Sometimes I wake up in the morning, and I'm so frustrated with my overall situation, I can't see straight to make the next right choice.

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