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Worried about Disability Hearing for Major Depressive Disorder

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So the day is finally approaching for my disability hearing for my mental illness and several physical illnesses. I am terrified and extremely nervous. I'm hoping the judge believes me and everything the doctors are saying. Can anyone whose had a hearing give me any insights, tips or precautions? I have a lawyer but I'm still so nervous. I have been suffering a long time and I believe my illnesses prevent me from working full-time. 

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Hopefully the day will go well and the judge will rule in your favor. We did not have a hearing but my son who is now 25 does get disability (ssi). It took us about a year. We applied , got denied and then appealed and won. His doctor (psychiatrist) would not even answer questions that were sent to him because he feels everyone unless they are an alzheimer's patient or something like that can get better. My son had to be seen by one of disabilities own doctors. My son at this point would never be able to hold a job. We are hoping for a better future but only time will tell. If you are truly in need then hopefully the judge will see that. It certainly helps to have a lawyer with you. We did it without a lawyer and it was a long haul.  Good luck and let us know how it went.

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On February 16, 2017 at 6:51 AM, Concerned16 said:

Hopefully the day will go well and the judge will rule in your favor. We did not have a hearing but my son who is now 25 does get disability (ssi). It took us about a year. We applied , got denied and then appealed and won. His doctor (psychiatrist) would not even answer questions that were sent to him because he feels everyone unless they are an alzheimer's patient or something like that can get better. My son had to be seen by one of disabilities own doctors. My son at this point would never be able to hold a job. We are hoping for a better future but only time will tell. If you are truly in need then hopefully the judge will see that. It certainly helps to have a lawyer with you. We did it without a lawyer and it was a long haul.  Good luck and let us know how it went.

Thanks for your advice. My hearing was about a month ago. The judge was pretty nice and friendly. I hope I get a favorable letter soon. I'm glad your son was granted SSI. It appears he really needs it. I will say I am a little upset that I only qualify for SSI not SSDI because of work credits though I worked several years. But I'll be glad to get any money while I am trying to get better. 

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make sure you know what your going to say, yes you have a lawyer but most likely its your lawyer thats going to question you if front of the judge, you have to answer in a way to make the judge believe you,, then there a occupational specialist at the hearing, with a book the size of my coffee table that will list off the potential jobs that you can do with your disability, then when its over and you wait and wait and wait and wait some more for the judges decision, took 7 years and 2 denials to get a hearing, took another 3 months to get the judges decision, then another 3 months before i started to receive benefits, it may be different for you, this was just my experience,  and have to requalify for disability every 3 years, 

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On 2/16/2017 at 6:51 AM, Concerned16 said:

Hopefully the day will go well and the judge will rule in your favor. We did not have a hearing but my son who is now 25 does get disability (ssi). It took us about a year. We applied , got denied and then appealed and won. His doctor (psychiatrist) would not even answer questions that were sent to him because he feels everyone unless they are an alzheimer's patient or something like that can get better. My son had to be seen by one of disabilities own doctors. My son at this point would never be able to hold a job. We are hoping for a better future but only time will tell. If you are truly in need then hopefully the judge will see that. It certainly helps to have a lawyer with you. We did it without a lawyer and it was a long haul.  Good luck and let us know how it went.

I was granted disability. Thanks for the advice. Hooray! 

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