Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Do you have Borderline Personality Disorder? This new Exchange has been developed so we can encourage each other, share tips to get through those down days, and/or just vent.
    SSI question
    joynevercomes2me posted:
    has anyone here applied to SSI solely because of their mental issues? i've been gathering all the info i need to do it, but i'm not sure how hard it's going to be. i don't have anyone to help me with it, as my parents are the closest people to me but they don't understand any of this, and if i told them i was even thinking about SSI they'd blow a few gaskets. my jobs have been affected by the stuff i exist with and i have a really hard time some days even functioning and making myself go to work. i just wish i had support. my therapist isn't sure i'm actually "disabled" by my issues, and she's worried that i'll go thru all this to apply and get turned down and it will set me back even more. that's what i'm afraid of too. but i worry about that with a lot of things, that's why i have a lot of unstarted or unfinished projects sitting around...cuz i'm afraid i'll mess them up so i don't even try. i'm so confused, can anybody help?
    marysings responded:
    I'm on SSI for the depression and fibromyalgia. I'm sure it was the depression that resulted in the final decision.

    When I listed my job duties, I was very detailed. In fact, I was very detailed on all of the questions. I explained that I cried daily at work, couldn't remember to do my daily tasks, etc. I figured the more information they had, the better my chances. I also did NOT embelish anything. I can easily make a mountain out of a mole hill, so I was very careful that all answers were detailed, correct, and easily verified by my boss, Dr.B my therapist, and Dr.S my psychiatrist.

    I actually received my approval letter 3 weeks after my submission - a record according to everyone I've told. I believe that mental illness is usually denied first, forcing the person to either try again or go to a law firm. I really believe my detail helped me.

    I wish you the best.
    I'm strong willed and I tell it like it is. I make mistakes, I'm sometimes out of control, but I love and give with all my heart. Have patience with me as I heal.
    thelovelylemontree replied to marysings's response:
    I got SSI first and then disability with an SSI supplement solely based on my mental issues. It did help, though, that I began the process in TX with one doctor and finished it in KS with another doctor -- both of whom apparently came to the same conclusion (that I was just too depressed/PTSD/borderline) to hold down a real, full-time, salaried job. I just stress out very easily and working full-time is a big stressor. So, I've had both of those since 2005.

    It has helped. Although I do need a job to unburden myself of many, many debts, I don't have to worry about having a job versus having a roof over my head and food to eat. It would be nice to be able to buy myself the occasional meal at the Chinese restaurant and have more than $13 to my name every month, but ... with luck, it should happen next month, once my credit card is paid off. (Warning: if you have a penchant for jewelery, do NOT accept a jewelery store credit card.)

    I agree with Mary -- I also had a very quick approval. I think mine was approximately 5 weeks, but I do think that at the time, we were both under the same Social Security office (Kansas City, MO) because we lived geographically close to each other. I think mine was actually sent to a smaller branch office first and then sent up to Kansas City, and that was probably what accounted for the extra two weeks between her approval and mine. It really depends on where you live as far as approval time, I think.

    Spotlight: Member Stories

    I'm a 21 year old, dual diagnosed, drug addict with BPD both to the extreme, and im hanging on by a thin thread confusingly, too afraid to live ye...More

    Helpful Tips

    Identifying Borderline Personality Disorder
    Thoughts that may indicate BPD Alternate between seeing people as either flawless or evil? Have difficulty remembering the good things ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    40 of 42 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.