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Social Security Disability: Ticket to Work

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program enables those who receive disability benefits to try to transition back into the workplace without the risk or fear of losing their benefits. Ticket to Work offers the following:


Jet Blue Pilot Suffers Brain Attack

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Today’s headlines are packed with reports of a Jet Blue pilot who “flipped out” and went “berserk.” If he had had a heart attack during the flight, I’m sure he would have gotten some sympathy. Instead, reporters are talking about charges that may be filed against the pilot.


Who Pays Your Bills?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

paying billsSeveral years ago, when my wife was recovering from a major manic episode, she turned over the task of paying our bills and managing the checkbook to me.

We were just looking for ways I could help, and that was an easy one. The other day, however, I came across an article by Ginnie Graham published on the Tulsa World website entitled “Bill-paying program helps mentally ill avoid becoming homeless,” and it made me realize that missed payments could lead to major problems for those with bipolar who don’t have someone who can take on that task, especially during a major mood episode or during recovery.


Work Incentives Seminar Event Webinar

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

May 25, 3pm EST, Social Security will present a 90-minute Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar tailored to SSI and SSDI beneficiaries who live with mental illness.

The webinar, entitled “Ticket to Work for Beneficiaries with a Mental Illness – Support on Your Journey to Employment,” will provide Work Incentives and Ticket to Work program information and resources.

Register Online.


Social Security Disability Claim Denied? Hire A Lawyer

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

social security claim denialIf you think you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, consider taking the following steps to pursue a claim:

  1. See a doctor for your condition if you have not done so already. Without documented medical evidence, you have little chance to qualify as disabled.
  2. Apply for disability at your local Social Security Administration office or apply online. If you’re currently unable to do it yourself, get a close friend or relative to assist you. This should take about three to four hours.
  3. If you’re denied, contact an attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability benefits.

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Social Security and Disability Resource Center

Friday, February 18th, 2011

resources for seniorsOne of our readers recommended that we include a link to the Social Security and Disability Resource Center. We checked it out, and it seems to contain some valuable content. Here’s a description of the site from our reader:

The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website provides answers to questions concerning how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants filing for either SSD (social security disability) or SSI (supplemental security income) benefits.

Specifically, she thought our readers would find the article “Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?” relevant.

We’re also adding the link to our Blogroll (on the left), so you have convenient access to it on return visits.

Photo by First Baptist, available under a Creative Commons attribution license.


Can Pets Help with Bipolar Disorder?

Friday, December 11th, 2009

We have three cats. Since our dog passed away several years ago, I’ve been the one holdout in the family in our decision to get another dog. I like the freedom of being able to take off for a couple days without having to figure out “what to do about the dog.” Besides, bringing a clueless dog into a house with three crafty, conceited cats seems to me to be borderline animal cruelty.


Back to Work with Bipolar Disorder: Part II

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

In Part I of this series, I highlighted the challenge of returning to work with bipolar disorder and provided some practical advice on how to smooth the transition back to work after experiencing a major mood episode. In this second part of the series, I provide some more in-depth information and recommendations on obtaining additional assistance with your back-to-work efforts:


Back to Work with Bipolar Disorder: Part I

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Many people with bipolar disorder are able to successfully return to work once they’re on an effective treatment regimen, which typically includes one or more medications. In Bipolar Disorder for Dummies, however, we recommend that you avoid mood stressors and triggers – and returning to work, especially a demanding job, can be loaded with stressors and triggers. In this two-part series on returning to work with bipolar disorder, we offer some suggestions on how to ease the transition back to work.


Bipolar Disorder Q&A: Does having bipolar qualify me for disability in the law enforcement profession?

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Steve Asks…

As a police officer diagnosed with bipolar illness two years ago, and due to a recent episode that resulted in hospitalization, I am currently on sick leave. I will be applying for disability with their blessing. The question is whether police work in general, and working nights for many years will be qualifying for a disability. I hope to find a less stressful career but after many years on the force, what, I don’t know. Anyone? Has anyone had the same diagnosis in a similar profession?


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