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Topic: Another Compassionate Allowance (COA) Question  (Read 179 times)
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« on: April 14, 2017, 12:59:25 PM »

Since I was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's w/depression (which qualifies as a COA), PTSD and Migraines on 21 Feb 2017 and applied for SSDI on 13 Mar 2017, am I gonna get dinged for not having at least 6 months of therapy or treatment before applying? Since I've had this condition for who knows how long, my VA Doc said I may only have 4-8 years to live?  So time is wasting!  My onset date will most likely be Oct 2015, that's when I had to resign from my federal nuclear support job due to memory issues.  Since then I've had 3 unsuccessful attempts at working due to my mental issues which I was unaware of.  So as mentioned above, I was finally diagnosed w/my mental condition in Feb 17.  I read in the forum about the requirements to show treatment for an extended period of time and without proof one my be denied?  My treatment consists of meds and visiting the Vet Center once a week for counseling for PTSD which I found to be a waste of my time.  My counselor had PTSD and who knows what else and was worse off than myself! lol  Any info would put what's left of my brain at ease! Smiley   
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JEdmonston
Name: Jedmonston
Location: Great Falls, Montana
Age at Application: 55
Disability: Early Onset Alzhiemer's, PTSD, Sleep Apnea, Migraines, Penis Reduction Surgery, Osteoarthritis in neck, lumbar, wrists, Carpal Tunnel both hands, Tinnitus, Hypertension, Depression, C-5, C-6, C-7 fusion, Torn Pectoral, Hang Nail
Date Applied: 13 Mar 2017
First Approval/Denial Date: Waiting on Status
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2017, 02:22:02 PM »

Fortunately/unfortunately since you have Alzheimer's disease and it is not a disease that really improves with time/treatment, then not having 6 months of treatment prior to applying should not be an issue.

If you were applying for a condition that could be substantially helped by treatment, then having 6+ months of treatment records would be more important.  For example,  if you were applying for just the depression, PTSD, & migraines - because some people with those conditions have relief with treatment & SSA would wonder if you would have improvement with treatment.
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Age at Application: 26 age of onset (but I did not apply until 28)
Date Applied: August 2011
First Approval/Denial Date: November 2011
Additional Info: I was fortunate to be approved on my initial application due to extensive medical records (12+ doctors) & documentation of unsuccessful work attempts even with significant accommodations
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 02:48:14 PM »

Thanks Helper!  I guess most of the feeds I read are dealing with non-COA issues so I guess I shouldn't worry about those since COA cases appear to be handled different.  Thanks! 
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JEdmonston
Name: Jedmonston
Location: Great Falls, Montana
Age at Application: 55
Disability: Early Onset Alzhiemer's, PTSD, Sleep Apnea, Migraines, Penis Reduction Surgery, Osteoarthritis in neck, lumbar, wrists, Carpal Tunnel both hands, Tinnitus, Hypertension, Depression, C-5, C-6, C-7 fusion, Torn Pectoral, Hang Nail
Date Applied: 13 Mar 2017
First Approval/Denial Date: Waiting on Status
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