I have a friend who was awarded SSI Disability a couple of years ago because she suffers from pretty debilitating clinical depression and generalized anxiety. She received a letter a few months ago stating that her benefits were going to be under review. This did not surprise me due to the state of the economy and how butchered funding towards social services has gotten.
She has been disabled technically since her early twenties but really started getting professional help in the early 2000′s. Her depression was severe enough to (according to the Certified Vocational Specialist) be “almost entirely unemployable” due to the amount of days that would be called in sick and the randomness of those days. No employeer would want to deal with someone calling in sick on and off and not being able to set any work schedule that could be absolutely relied on all the time. It would be impossible because she never knew when the bouts of depression would hit. When they did, she can not even get out of bed let alone function in any productive environment (unless it contains a lot of sleeping and crying).
This does not however mean that she is a mess 100% of the time. When not depressed, she is quite engaging and very bright, cognitive and intelligent. In fact she is usually the one that friends go to to ask for advice because she has the most level and informed head on her shoulders. She knows when the depression is going on and sometimes even why, however, her cognivity is not so strong to be able to overtake the depression with logic. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. She is at the mercy of her disability regardless how intelligent and stable minded she is when it is not at play.
She researched online and by asking professionals if there was any risk of these benefits might be at risk of being revoked, and she got an abounding no, because she was not able to attain any work over that 18 months, she continued seeking professional help (even adding a therapist due to the depression getting worse), as well as upping the dosage of medications over this period of time.
She was sent to a “doctors appointment” that was scheduled by SSI that had her do basic learning as well as mostly memory tests. She thought it was something like she did in Jr. High when she was tested for learning disabilities minus the math.
She was told at the end of the appointment that she did “well above average” with the tests. She got nervous and was assured by the therapist that there were a many intelligent people in the world that suffered from mental disabilities and not to worry.
BOY was she wrong. Not only did they not bother to look at the notes all of her doctors submitted that have been seeing her regularly. Or the fact that she has been prescribed increased dosage in her medication and added another mental health doctor. Nor the original judgement. They went solely on this one test that said… “well she can think and understand and organize thought and interact with people so that must negate the depression.” So they told her that they were going to revoke her benefits because she was not disabled anymore.
She now is about to go through the process of appealing this revocation. It really does not seem fair that after 3 long years of applying and appealing to finally see a federal disability judge and have them rule in her favor, to now have to have an employee of disability be the one who decides if they were wrong by revoking. If they uphold their revocation, then she has to appeal to the Supreme Court of her state. At least at that time, it is not going to be a partial employee to the SSI system making this decision, but another federal judge. However, receiving this news has thrown her back into the mental mine field of suicidal thoughts and regular long severe bouts of depression.
I think that they are trying to ‘shake the tree’ so to speak and see where they can avoid having to give money, but is it that being cognitive cancels out suffering depression and difficulty in finding and maintaining gainful employment due to this fact?
It just does not seem fair to me. She is not faking it and i am concerned that she seriously thinks about how much easier it would be to just not be here anymore. How could they not even look at the legal decision ruled by a federal judge that landed her benefits in the first place?
The world we are living in, here in America has truly been hijacked by greed and Corporations. I say get out NOW while there is still a chance or there is going to be nothing but a high class and a slave class with unsafe infrastructure and rioting crime. No healthcare and education that is teaching nothing but ignorance (see posting a few days earlier titled “Pun intended…”).
In the last 15 years i have seen what was the land of freedom and economic opportunity has turned into. It is now a place that you can watch the picked fences falling before your eyes. No one can get a job because they have all been outsourced yet at the same time, inflation has gone up like they are playing with monopoly money. Every time that we have inflation, the banks make a profit off of this. I have a feeling that because of this, by 2020 it is going to be about $2700 for a cup of coffee and $50 million for a starter home. Why is it we just sit and watch our utopia be hijacked by greed and government? What is worth fighting for these days? And what kind of future are the youth going to have to survive in? Unless bankrolled, or REALLY above average intelligent applicable in a relevant profiting industry, they are going to have no choice but to survive however they can and that usually means crime.
It is crazy to watch a first world country/#1 world power collapse into a 2nd world country in less than one generation. It is such a waste of what so many worked so hard to build and so unfair to those that are not the corruption that greedily caused it! It truly makes me sick and very afraid.