View Full Version : Trying to Decide When/If to reapply for SSI


Lauralight
07-07-17, 12:52 PM
I have inattentive ADD, and it's considered severe. I'm afraid of meds, and I have bad neurological reactions to SSRI's now since an auto spinal injury or maybe it's a mast cell disorder. All I know is life remains a mess. I make so many impulsive and insecure decisions regarding my life and it's all chaotic all of the time time. My anxiety cannot be treated with SSRI's. I am afraid of feeling high because I'm from an addict family where I was abused by addicts.
It's all a complicated picture. It is very difficult to sort out what is ADHD related and what is not? Or which type of specialist or Dr. to ask to help me do this.

sarahsweets
07-08-17, 07:15 AM
I have inattentive ADD, and it's considered severe. I'm afraid of meds, and I have bad neurological reactions to SSRI's now since an auto spinal injury or maybe it's a mast cell disorder.
Does this include stimulants?? Its very hard to get disability for just adhd but it sounds like you have more than adhd going on.

All I know is life remains a mess. I make so many impulsive and insecure decisions regarding my life and it's all chaotic all of the time time. My anxiety cannot be treated with SSRI's. I am afraid of feeling high because I'm from an addict family where I was abused by addicts.
SSRI's wont make you feel high.Are you talking about stimulants? Did you know that properly treated adhd reduces the chances of addiction? We self medicate when unmedicated with other substances sometimes. And just because addiction runs in your family doesnt mean you will for sure become an addict.
I am alcoholic (sober for over 4 years) and I take stimulants. They saved my life.


It's all a complicated picture. It is very difficult to sort out what is ADHD related and what is not? Or which type of specialist or Dr. to ask to help me do this.

You have to have an established pattern of treatment . You cant just apply for disability if they do not see you having a relationship with medical proffesionals in trying to treat you.

oldtimer
07-18-17, 10:40 AM
You don't sound like inattentive ADD at all. You sound like you might have Anxious ADD but probably not. My son has A-ADD so I have good understanding for that. SSRI has NOTHING to do with ADD. It helps correct mental disorders. I think it is the disorders that are your problem. SSRIs boost serotonin levels enough so you can think straight. A spinal injury will have nothing to do with SSRIs or ADD. I can't take SSRIs either because I have too much not too little serotonin. I always feel great and self confident because of that excess.

Inattentive ADDs are not impulsive or insecure. None of your reported symptoms support your diagnosis. Stimulants are not physically addictive. You can get mentally addicted to anything you like. I don't like stimulants but they allow me to function close to normally.

I don't think you qualify but there is a blood pressure med that may help anxious ADD. The brand name for the BP med is Tenex I don't know what it is called when it is used to treat anxiety.

I don't know ANYONE that needs an SSRI likes to take them. I know dozens of them. The ones that do, function far better in society than the ones that don't. I fear most of your problems arise from you not thinking straight and creating your own chaos. Most of what you stated contradicts other statements you made in just a few sentences.

You need to find a very smart Dr who is willing to work with you. You must be willing to work with your Dr.

You need a serious condition to be considered for SSI. ADD isn't even close to serious. You need to be under a Dr's care and take serious medications. Dropping your meds will get you permanently dropped. I know a few on SSI due to mental health issues. They ALL take SSRIs.

sarahsweets
07-19-17, 04:41 AM
You don't sound like inattentive ADD at all. You sound like you might have Anxious ADD but probably not. My son has A-ADD so I have good understanding for that. SSRI has NOTHING to do with ADD. It helps correct mental disorders. I think it is the disorders that are your problem. SSRIs boost serotonin levels enough so you can think straight. A spinal injury will have nothing to do with SSRIs or ADD. I can't take SSRIs either because I have too much not too little serotonin. I always feel great and self confident because of that excess.
Do not say SSRI"s have nothing to do with adhd because you are not a doctor.
There is no such thing as anxious adhd. Comorbid mental illnesses are common with adhd.

Inattentive ADDs are not impulsive or insecure. None of your reported symptoms support your diagnosis. Stimulants are not physically addictive. You can get mentally addicted to anything you like. I don't like stimulants but they allow me to function close to normally.

You are not making any sense. You are telling someone that their symptoms do not support their diagnosis but who are you to say that? Inattentive people with adhd can still have impulsive symptoms and all of us with adhd can have insecurities. I am not sure why you would say that people with inattentive issues cant have insecurities.

I don't think you qualify but there is a blood pressure med that may help anxious ADD. The brand name for the BP med is Tenex I don't know what it is called when it is used to treat anxiety.

qualify for what? Are you a doctor? Why would you make such blanket statements?

I don't know ANYONE that needs an SSRI likes to take them. I know dozens of them. The ones that do, function far better in society than the ones that don't. I fear most of your problems arise from you not thinking straight and creating your own chaos. Most of what you stated contradicts other statements you made in just a few sentences.

How dare you tell someone that they are creating their own chaos and that its the reason for their problems, or that they are not thinking straight. How invalidating!

You need to find a very smart Dr who is willing to work with you. You must be willing to work with your Dr.

You need a serious condition to be considered for SSI. ADD isn't even close to serious. You need to be under a Dr's care and take serious medications. Dropping your meds will get you permanently dropped. I know a few on SSI due to mental health issues. They ALL take SSRIs.
ADHD isnt even close to serious?? Maybe for you. What qualifies as serious medication to you? Taking certain meds doesnt mean you will or will not get approved for SSI. If your impairments are not serious, then you dont have adhd and maybe you shouldnt take medication for it.

Fortune
07-19-17, 10:47 AM
Inattentive ADDs are not impulsive or insecure. None of your reported symptoms support your diagnosis. Stimulants are not physically addictive. You can get mentally addicted to anything you like. I don't like stimulants but they allow me to function close to normally.

Okay, so inattentive subtype doesn't mean "has no hyperactive/impulsive symptoms." It means having fewer than the critical number. I was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD and I am impulsive as heck. Also, as of the DSM-5, subtypes no longer exist as separate diagnoses. It's all just ADHD now.

I don't know ANYONE that needs an SSRI likes to take them. I know dozens of them. The ones that do, function far better in society than the ones that don't. I fear most of your problems arise from you not thinking straight and creating your own chaos. Most of what you stated contradicts other statements you made in just a few sentences.I like taking an SSRI because it helps me function better. Doing without is significantly worse for me.

You need a serious condition to be considered for SSI. ADD isn't even close to serious. You need to be under a Dr's care and take serious medications. Dropping your meds will get you permanently dropped. I know a few on SSI due to mental health issues. They ALL take SSRIs.Okay so this is misinformation. You need to demonstrate significant impairment that prevents you from working. You can have any diagnosis at all, although some diagnoses are harder to get SSI and SSDI for than others, simply because of bias.

As far as ADHD goes, it is the most severe outpatient disorder in the DSM, and beats out major depression in terms of severity (Barkley makes this statement in ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says) (also, before objecting, note that it says outpatient. Inpatient stuff can be and often is more severe). That makes it pretty close to serious (or rather actually serious). ADHD represents impairment in home, school, and work environments, across a large number of areas. Just as one example, someone with ADHD is more likely to be in an auto accident, and such accidents are typically worse for people with ADHD than people without. That is, fatality is more likely, serious injury is more likely, and totalling the car is more likely.