Hello to everyone on The Mighty!
I have been advised to start the process of applying for disability. I have PTSD, and the most significant factor impacting my ability to work is insomnia. My parents put me on sleeping medication as a child, and when I hit my mid-30s, my body didn't respond to them anymore. I went through 9 months last year, where I slept roughly 45 minutes every three days. Suffice it to say, I was not functional during that time and could not work. After detoxing from sleep meds, my body started responding to Xanax, and it has helped, but my prescribing doctor retired at the beginning of this year. Though I am in the process, I have not been able to find another psychiatrist yet, and frankly don't see benzodiazepines or sleeping medication as a long-term solution anymore. I want to work through my trauma and sleep on my own if possible. I have been tapering my dose of Xanax slowly, and so far, I've still been able to sleep, but my last refill will run out soon. I attempted to sleep without medication a few weeks ago, and it didn't work. It also brought a domino effect of panic attacks, flashbacks, and dissociation. If I cannot sleep again, I won't be able to work, and I need income and medical insurance. I have been told that applying for disability can be lengthy and that I should start now while I am functional. Have any of you gone through the process of applying for disability? If so, would you be willing to share your experience and any advice you may have? I appreciate any help you can provide. #Insomnia #PTSD #Disability #Insurance #selfcare