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« on: May 28, 2012, 03:13:45 PM »

I am just now starting to look into filing for SSDI, based on severe, recurrent depression and anxiety. I have had these issues for more than four years, and have actually been disabled for about 18 months.

One problem I can already see is the Third Party Function Report.  The application asks for a friend or relative who can provide info about me and my disability, but because of the nature of my depression, I had actually gone out of my way to hide or mask the severity from them, and I live alone.  Some of my friends are aware that I battle depression, but my psychiatrist is the only one who is aware of the severity.  Trying to keep it a secret seems to add more to the anxiety. Sadly, I have alienated and avoided a lot of my friends for quite some time.

Will not really having someone else to back up the disability derail my entire claim?

Thank you all for your input.
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Name: Lance
Location: Los Angeles
Age at Application: 46
Disability: Severe Depression, Anxiety, PTSD
Date Applied: June 1, 2012
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied August 31, 2012
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: No Recon in my region of CA
Hearing Date: January 25, 2013
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Denied February 20, 2013
Additional Info: Appeals Counci denied Apri 24, 2013l
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 10:02:55 PM »

Hi and welcome to the site,

You have not yet filed for SSDI correct?  If you are sure that this is what you want to do, you need to do it asap as your benefits will only go back a year prior to the date of the application and you stated you have been disabled for almost 18 months. 

The third party report is an optional report.  It may or may not be requested by social security.  The fact you have isolated from a lot of people actually supports your claim and if that is all they can provide that would be ok.

The most important part of proving a disability claim is medical documentation.  If you are getting treatment and your psychiatrist is on board with you that will help a lot.

Marci
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Name: Marci
Location: Florida
Age at Application: 35
Disability: Arthritis, Degenerative Disc, Migraines, Foot Injury
Date Applied: September 2005
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied February 2006
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Denied October 2006
Date Hearing Notice Received: October 2008 two weeks before hearing
Hearing Date: October 2008
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Letter Received December 2008
Date Award Letter Received: January 2009
Date Back Pay Received: February 2009
Additional Info: Approved at hearing, no Attorney
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 03:11:42 AM »

Welcome SFVLance:

The Third Party Function report is typically only requested when someone helps you with activities of daily living. In your case, it is doubtful it will be requested. Like Marci said, your medical records will be the most important.

Let us know how we can help.

Pati
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Name: Pati
Location: East Tennessee
Age at Application: 53
Disability: Small Fiber & Autonomic Neuropathy; Sjogren's Syndrome; DJD
Date Applied: 02/19/2009
First Approval/Denial Date: Approved 10/26/2009
Date Award Letter Received: 11/17/2009
Date Back Pay Received: 10/25/2009
Additional Info: Assigned to DQB on 10/5/09. Approved.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 03:59:36 PM »

Hi Lance,
Welcome to the site!
Glad you founds us...
Read, read, read as much as you can on here. It will really help you get an idea for what SSA is looking for.

Best of luck!
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Dragon Fly
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Name: >;<
Location: CA
Age at Application: 37
Disability: Complex PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder
Date Applied: October 8, 2010
First Approval/Denial Date: Approved verbally March 15th, 2011. Approval letter dated April 5, 2011
Additional Info: 2 weeks in QR, Received backpay April 4th, 2011
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2012, 02:57:16 PM »

Thank you all for your input. I would have responded earlier, but I had no internet connection for a few days.

I put down the contact information of a friends who knows about my condition, and if they contact her she will make it clear that we don't see each other every day and she does not assist me with my ADL. If they need more then that, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
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Name: Lance
Location: Los Angeles
Age at Application: 46
Disability: Severe Depression, Anxiety, PTSD
Date Applied: June 1, 2012
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied August 31, 2012
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: No Recon in my region of CA
Hearing Date: January 25, 2013
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Denied February 20, 2013
Additional Info: Appeals Counci denied Apri 24, 2013l
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2012, 12:28:16 AM »

my soon to be ex was supposed to fill one out for me and he refused and i had forgotton to fill out mine and i still managed to get my disability.


good luck and hope it all goes well for you.
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Name: rebecca
Location: austin, tx
Age at Application: 30
Disability: bipolar, schizo affective, back pain, asthma, numbness, congenital hypothyroidism
Date Applied: 2011
First Approval/Denial Date: 5/2012
Date Award Letter Received: 5/15/2012
Date Back Pay Received: 6/15/2012
Date Dependent Benefits Received: 6/3/2012
Additional Info: had applied in late 2009/early 2010 got denied but didnt follow up with it
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