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biPolar555 posted:
Hello everyone. I am considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits and I have a question. I have managed to talk my way out of being hospitalized so far. Does Social Security require a hospitalization in order to approve someone for benefits? Thanks in advance for your help.

dibbits0530 responded:
a very good question. when i applied, i was required a diagnosis by a psychologist. the psychologist denied me sighting that i did not appear to have bipolar. she based her decision on a checklist or questions that i answered favorably. it was my guilded demeanor that shot her questions full of holes. was i granted disability? yes. this was from the PCP"s recmmendation based on my history and not a flawed questionaire.
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biPolar555 replied to dibbits0530's response:
Thank you for your reply. My pdoc has already diagnosed me and I have had a couple of episodes where hospitalization was offered as an option but I was so afraid to be hospitalized that I managed to talk them out of it and promised I wouldn't hurt myself. I have felt more and more lately like I need something and don't know if hospitalization is the answer or not. I just wondered if they looked at those kinds of things when you applied for disability. I have been in and out of treatment since 1997, so all my diagnoses are documented. Hopefully that will be enough. Thanks again and have a great evening.
jselleck replied to biPolar555's response:
The gov looks at everything. Your work history, your medical history, and what meds you've been on. I thought I was never gonna remember everything I had been on and when.
biPolar555 replied to jselleck's response:
I know I won't remember lol. My memory is terrible. I do remember the docs I went to though, so I guess I will just have to get my medical records from them. I feel like I have been on everything under the sun lol.

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