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    Default One problem with SSDI.

    I want to go to school with the intent of getting a degree. I want to eventually work towards a career and true self-sufficiency. When I have the medical care I need, I am capable of going after those things. I had high hopes and big dreams that I was going to run after.

    But the folks at Social Security told me that if I did start going to school with the intent of getting a degree (even if I went PT), I would lose that medical care pretty much instantly, and if that happens, I would be left without my medications and I would be pretty much unable to do much of anything. So my dream of a college degree and the doors it would open for me is pretty much a bad idea to go after now.

    I can't understand why the government would actually want to encourage people like me to remain dependent on them forever, but that's the current situation. I guess this is a way my illness holds me back that I am in no position to really do anything about.
    Last edited by KaworuVsDrWily; 03-May-2011 at 00:15.

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    The theory is, if you're capable of attending school and succeeding in earning a degree, you are capable of getting a job and earning your own living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WBDaddy View Post
    The theory is, if you're capable of attending school and succeeding in earning a degree, you are capable of getting a job and earning your own living.
    The flaw in that theory is that they don't care if I'm capable of doing those things only if I am able to keep on getting medical care.

    With medical care, I am capable. Without it, I am not. I have a very expensive illness, and if I go even a single day without my medications, I spiral downwards and become useless quite rapidly.

    That is the situation I face.

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    Absolutely, it's a catch-22. I have a friend in worse shape than you. He's schizophrenic, and the drugs they have him on to treat that gave him a side effect of depression/lethargy, so they gave him drugs for that which caused anxiety, and they gave him drugs for that which cause general fatigue and weakness. It's miraculous if gets out of bed more than 4-5 days in a row, never mind actually accomplishing anything.

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    The doctors tried me on several different medications over a period of several years, and I faced all sorts of nasty side effects until they finally put me on what I am taking today. I have been on these meds for the last four years, and I found that they really are working a lot better now that I have given up drinking.

    The problem with these meds is that they would cost me a couple thousand dollars a month if I were forced to pay for them out of my own pocket. I don't have that kind of money. I am on a charity program for a couple of the more expensive meds, otherwise I would be royally fucked when the Medicare Part D donut hole comes around.

    EDIT - I really am in a much better position than so many other mentally ill Americans. I recognize that. I really am just bummed that I can't pursue a degree, and I am having wounded pride issues at the moment, and I recognize that.

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    This is just wrong & unfair. It doesn't make sense. And I just don't even know what else to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShippoFox View Post
    This is just wrong & unfair. It doesn't make sense. And I just don't even know what else to say.
    I'll get over it. Eventually.

    Thanks.

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    Wow! Sounds like a complete load of poopie! I'm currently on Unemployment, and they pull the same thing. If I were to check the box saying I have started and schooling they will kick me off. The reasoning is that if I'm enrolled in school; I can't accept full time employment which is actually BS. Not that I could mentally handle going back to school even though I want to.

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    Actually I believe it is designed to keep us dependent on the government. That's how socialism works.

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