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    Creative process, transformative art, singing, how things work
  1. I don't see how filing your taxes would give you enough work quarters. Your employer would have reported your income and social security wages already. The work quarters are based on whether you paid into social security when you worked and if those work quarters included enough income and happened within the past 5 out of 10 years. Either you did or you didn't meet those criteria based on the info already reported to the SSA. If you were self-employed and didn't file you could file your returns and pay the self-employment taxes. Which will now have several years worth of penalties and fees added. So if you have no $$ you may have trouble filing the returns. Catch 22 maybe. The exception would be if you were NOT self-employed and you have a really good reason to believe that you did actually meet the criteria. In that case, ask SSA for the work history on which they based their decision. Then compare to your records. If there is a difference and you can show that you had wages that were not reported during that period - and you can prove it - then you will need to appeal the denial immediately (otherwise you have to start all over) on the basis that the records are wrong. Then you will need to show them your pay stubs or something that shows you had wages and that social security taxes were paid on those wages. This actually happened to me. My last employer had failed to report my wages for almost a year. I was lucky that I had kept every paystub in a box somewhere for more than 6 years. Did you file for SSI at the same time? Have you gotten a response from that application?
  2. When you get to the part where it asks you to describe your disability, your typical day, there are two things to keep in mind. 1. Describe your worst day, the day when you are the most debilitated because when you get up every day you do not know if that will be the kind of day you have or not. 2. It is going to take a lot out of you to do this part. It is one thing to know these things about ourselves and our lives, to know how hard each day is and what it takes to get up and get through another day. It is another to have to say it out loud, to put it down on paper for a stranger to read, all of it all at once. It can be really hard and most people don't anticipate that part. You might want to do it a little at a time. If you need someone else to write it down for you then do that but be sure you include that information on the form at the end where it asks if you had help. It only works in your favor that you needed help to complete the form. If you have copies of some of your medical records you may want someone close to you to look them over. There can be mistakes or information in the records that needs to be fixed before SSA sees them or that needs to be addressed with SSA because it may undermine your case.
  3. Thanks everyone for your replies. I'm doing as crtclms suggested and asking for more help down in the medications forum. For some reason I didn't see that when I decided to post in Bipolar.
  4. The point of having a primary care doctor is two-fold. It shows that you are in fact attempting to take care of your physical health, which we all know can and does contribute to your mental health and are still having debilitating psychiatric problems despite these efforts. Or it will show that you are so disabled that you are unable to take care of yourself (hopefully you will have a caregiver who is making the appointments, driving you there and coming to the appointment with you, all of which you hope will get into your medical record, hint hint). If you have physical health problems it will have information about those too. Disability determination takes multiple factors into account so you may have multiple conditions that, when taken separately are not disabling, when taken together SSA does consider disabling. Also a good primary care doctor should be taking steps at least initially to rule out physical causes for psychiatric symptoms like thyroid problems. It provides a record of your health at a given point in time from a second medical source corroborating your mental and physical state. If you visit your PCP and they fail to ask about how your bipolar symptoms you may want to make a point of telling them. Same with your medications for bipolar disorder. If the only doctor you ever see is your psychiatrist at the county clinic then you are putting all your eggs in one basket should you need to rely on those records. Yes you can apply for SSDI and SSI at the same time. However, if you do not have enough work quarters to qualify for SSDI then your application will be rejected out of hand, which seems like it may be the case for larry78. But if you think there's a chance you qualify then you should apply and doing it all at once makes sense under those circumstances. Part of my point was that with SSDI the date of application is NOT the date that benefits begin once you are determined disabled. Instead they decide on a date that you became disabled, wait 6 months from that date and that's when your benefits begin. So rushing to file an SSDI claim is not going to make a big difference in the end result. SSI does depend on the date you applied and that's why you need to apply immediately for that regardless of whether you have your records in order or not.
  5. From the album Paper Art

    One of my earliest pieces. The patterned paper inspired the piece in two ways. The colors (gold and silver) made me think of money and influenced my choice of the name Treasured Oak. The spiral of the design combined with the green led to the tree with a spiral design.

    © 2012

  6. From the album Paper Art

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  7. From the album Paper Art

    Inspired by the papers, she is tall and elegant.

    © 2012

  8. From the album Paper Art

    The Blue Buddha is the Buddha of Healing

    © 2012

  9. From the album Paper Art

    The Gold or Yellow Buddha is the Dhyani Buddha of Compassion

    © 2012

  10. From the album Paper Art

    This little turtle is on his way somewhere fast.

    © 2012

  11. From the album Paper Art

    Purple and gold, a diamond and spirals all come together in this vibrant piece that evolved gradually over the course of a couple months. It speaks to me of the creative process and the need to surrender to it without judgment or demands.

    © 2012

  12. From the album Paper Art

    Inspired by Susan Sarandon

    © 2012

  13. From the album Paper Art

    This piece was inspired by the Italianate bookbinding paper which is part of the design.

    © 2012

  14. From the album Paper Art

    This cross has five separate iris folded spirals and took nearly 40 hours to complete. It contains a whole lot of little pieces of paper - 250+ - some of which are so small I had to position them using tweezers.

    © 2012

  15. From the album Paper Art

    This is the Goddess of vines and plants that live in pots. She brings them water in her glowing silver jug in every season.

    © 2012