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I Have An Invisible Disability

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    Ssi

    I had back surgery and now my right leg is completely numb and will prob remain that way, I also have bipolar panic disorder so I applied for ssi, what are the chances of being approved?
    Lobeck74 Lobeck74 36-40 2 Responses Jun 27, 2013

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    Now You See

    My Aspergers is what you would call an "Invisible Disability." I don't tell people about it and you can't see it on me. People who don't know about it assume I am lazy or weird. I've been called creepy, possibly because people are not used to a sensitive guy. Most of...
    AspergicMajor AspergicMajor 31-35, M 4 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    Back To Work

    I've been off work on disability for over a year and now they want me to go back. I'm trying so hard not to freak out.There have been a few co-workers that have bashed and bad-mouthed others that have also been on disability and it makes me sick to my stomach. one girl even...
    sweetsie sweetsie 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 10, 2011

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    I Have Adhd

    No I don't lack potential, I can't focus on a task. I don't quit when it gets too hard, I focus on something else. I hate when people try to tell me "Oh yeah I have that" but never mention the secondary diagnosis. Or they blow it off and just assume you like to have an...
    kryptonian kryptonian 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 30, 2008

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    Invisible Disability

    I have abilities first of all, however when I use my intellect or my inclinations (we all have them) usually they are spot on or above average. I am humble and seek to better other people with my efforts. however in the work place and the past schooling expereinces if I do well...
    fransiscan fransiscan 41-45 1 Response Apr 14, 2013

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    From Birth

    I was born as a twin and I was what they called a 'defective twin' I was born with a deformed stomach and it means I can't eat without having to either take a tablet that creates and acid to break up the food or I can take food tablets that have the same nutrients as food. I was...
    ImOkayNow ImOkayNow 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 29, 2011

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    M.S. and My Life!

    I was diagnosed with m.s. 8 years ago. I was just married for two months when it decided to surface. I was lucky and had maybe 2 relapses a year. But for the last two years I was doing so good, well I went for almost a year without one and now here it is again. It is...
    mom2810 mom2810 31-35, F Jan 20, 2009

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    Most People Say...

    I've run into a few people who told me that ADHD wasn't a disability or anything of the sort... I say it's invisible because i can in fact control it. So if i'm concentrating or spaced out then you'd never really know. But if you see me constantly fidgeting, getting impatient...
    candiipup candiipup 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 19, 2008

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    Anyone Here???

    Hey i just found this e.p a few days ago and think it great.. I am wondering if anyone in this group was born with imperforate anus or realated illnesses?? I was born with imperforate anus.The doctors/nurses and my family are great but they dont have imperforate anus and...
    imperforate imperforate 22-25, M 4 Responses Mar 8, 2013

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    My Monster

    When you have a disability of any type, your time, energy, and emotions are all heightened as you begin the journey to learn all you can so that you can regain the best quality of life that you can, given your particular circumstances. And, if you are married, and/or if you have...
    johnnygere johnnygere 22-25 1 Response Jul 28, 2012

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 15, 2011

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    Please take a moment to sign this petition,

    I I became severely ill shortly before I was due to graduate from college. I was denied essential medication because the insurance company deemed it to be too expensive, Consequently, I began to have seizures, had a stroke which impaired my vision, and had complete kidney...
    sweetiepoo sweetiepoo 26-30, F Jun 10

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    ADD

    i have been diagnosed with ADD and i am currently in treatment for it.  there is hope!  it's a matter of finding the right doctor and getting proper treatment.  there are also advantages to having ADD- high energy, creative and innovative thinking.  i would...
    vanny291 vanny291 31-35 1 Response Oct 25, 2008

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 15, 2011

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    Schizoaffective Disorder

    I have schizoaffective disorder. Most people don't realize that I have anything wrong, well at least anything seriously wrong, with me until I tell them. A couple weeks I was talking to a co-worker explaining my disorder and she told me that she would never have known that...
    alisabella alisabella 18-21 2 Responses Dec 23, 2010

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    Please Read Its Short Sweet And Good

    Hi everyone I found this website called disabilinet.com. Its like facebook accept for people with disability's or medical conditions/illnesses. Its really really good but it just need more people on it.. Its totally free so please just check it out and if you like it sign up...
    imperforate imperforate 22-25, M Oct 5, 2013

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    I Am Hearing Impaired...

    I have a "signal dog" that travels with me. I do not suffer profound hearing loss,but sometimes have loud noises in my ears ...this allows me to have my dog on planes and trains. My doctor gave me paperwork to allow me to have a service dog because I might not hear a...
    PeaceOnEarth PeaceOnEarth 46-50, F 2 Responses Apr 30, 2008

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    Apparently I'm "Too Young".

     I have a few invisible disabilities.  There are some mental/emotional issues that usually manifest as PTSD which, at times, can be unbearable.  (I won't get into all that for now.)  Therapy and inpatient psychiatric care alleviated it somewhat, and I'm now...
    PrimaryColours PrimaryColours 26-30 1 Response Sep 20, 2008

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    I Have Both

    When I was a teenager, I always felt "broken" on the inside. When I was 26, my feeling became a reality on the outside. At 31, a chronic inflammation in my airway, contracted at age 26, caused me to be trach'd. Doctor gave me about 2 years to live at that point. They called it...
    meo1960 meo1960 51-55, M 1 Response Dec 27, 2011

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 15, 2011

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    No, It's Not My Stupidity!

    I have a bad back from a war wound that allows me to do most anything but stand still for more than 10 minutes in the same place.  Then, it really starts to hurt.  People can't see it.  The VA gives me a disability rating of 40% and a small check each month but I'd...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 15, 2011

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    Dissociative Disorder

    Sometimes it's pretty alienating.Can I get a witness? 
    docredfield docredfield 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 29, 2010

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    Several

    I have moderate to severe hearing loss in my right ear, which prevented me from getting factory work.  Safety issue apparently. Depression is not a visible disability either.
    koalaguy koalaguy 46-50, M May 24, 2011

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    Passing

    To see me, you wouldn't recessarily think that I had a disability.  I have a good full time job, am married (ok very close to it), am a parent,and a part time university student.  For all intents and purposes I am not disabled.What people don't see is my fingers constantly...
    gdgtgrl gdgtgrl 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 14, 2012

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    It's Horrible.

    I suffer from extreme agoraphobia.  I am not taking any medication right now because I don't have health insurance so I've just been suffering for nearly a year.  No one understands it.  They all criticize me for not doing "normal" things like college, a...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 10, 2008

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    I Got "lucky" In The Gene Pool

    I was born with a genetic disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. A defect in my genes causes benign tumors to grow in many of my organs and I had seizures as a baby.  I thankfully as a child had a fairly mild case but developed problems shortly after moving to New York...
    1toughcookie 1toughcookie 31-35 1 Response Jul 11, 2010

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    All My Life

    ADD, low muscle tone, dyspraxia, anxiety disorder, auditory processing, mitochondrial problems, these are my problems. And it really, really sucks. I'm tired all the time, I feel worse than useless, I have really, really low self-esteem and I know that there will probably never...
    TamJe TamJe 18-21, F Jul 28, 2013

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    Multiple Disabilities.....

    I have allergies,hypotension,migraines,gerd,hyperthyroidism,apraxia,nvld,and type one diabetes.everything started after i was born.it was scary finding out the problems and i struggle daily for others to understand me.i was called quiet, shy, and stupid in high school.people...
    borochick14 borochick14 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 30, 2011

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    The List Goes On And On.

    Type 1 Diabetes, ADD, Neuropathy, Retinopathy, SAD. There's some more but these are the more significant ones.
    RuxpinCA RuxpinCA 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 15, 2011

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    Low Processing Speed

    I had some neuropsychological testing done a few years ago, and I had low processing speed.  Basically that means that my intelligence isn't hindered at all...I'm actually smarter than average IQ-wise.  But it just takes me a long time to process things.  For...
    RopinTexan RopinTexan 22-25, M 8 Responses Sep 20, 2008

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    Adult Ld

    I have adult LD. I hate it because i have a very hard time understand my kids homework and to help them. I am all ways forgetting things. It's hard to get any one to understand how i feel everyday.
    Angel04 Angel04 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 22, 2011

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    Mishap

    Since I was young, living has been a struggle. School was/is the biggest struggle. My self-esteem was always pretty low because I was taught that my ability to excel academically was equivalent to my self-worth. (No one ever said this directly but it was unsaid) I always managed...
    mislady1234 mislady1234 26-30 1 Response Mar 3, 2012

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    Does Dyspraxia count

    as an Invisible Disability? It feels like it should count anyway! :( It seems like NOBODY knows what it is or understands about it properly! I've had to suffer with this all my life and it has made me feel so depressed at times! And I'm only 16! :( I just want to be able to live...
    Thecookiemonster5798 Thecookiemonster5798 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    My "invisible" Disability....

    I haven't read all the stories in this thread, but here's another "invisible" disability story. I am hearing impaired. And while I do wear hearing aids, my long hair covers up my ears and my aids. It never fails to anger, and sadden, me the constant rudeness that comes from...
    stitchingirl stitchingirl 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 20, 2012

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    Invisible

    I have more than one invisible disability, but only one of them has severely altered the course of my life. That invisible disability is SAD better known (by ppl who know it at all) as social anxiety disorder. I look very normal on the outside, others just think I'm shy, if they...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings 31-35, F 6 Responses Sep 22, 2008

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 15, 2011

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    My Invisble Diseases

    So lately I have been thinking about invisible diseases a lot. I have been trying to get out more. My mom and I parked in a handicapped parking spot and forgot to put the sign up.. We came back and the car was keyed! I am a bit worried because I am trying to be more independent...
    TheGirlNextDoor88 TheGirlNextDoor88 22-25, F 2 Responses May 28, 2011

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    Invisible On Purpose

    I was diagnosed with Conduct Disorder a week ago after several...disturbing occurrences. This disorder simply means I don't like rules and parents, I don't have that little voice in my head telling me what I do is wong either. My parents deny the diagnosis. My doctors desperately...
    RealCold RealCold 13-15, F Oct 30, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    I have Spina Bifida and therefore I use a wheelchair to get around. I am very independent and ambitious and always doing things which is why I say I have a disability but I am not...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 1 Response Sep 12

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    My sister is in a relationship and I'm not. I always get the "pretty disabled girl" title. Why can't it just be pretty girl? I don't know. It's bothering me lately.
    Kierstyne Kierstyne 22-25, F 6 Responses Sep 7

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    If you don't know, I have a disability called drop foot, I have had this since birth and it is the main cause of my depression, it basically makes me unable to move my feet upwards...
    Itscaitlin Itscaitlin 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 5

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    You may disagree, but you know it's true. It is okay for a man to hit a women-IF SHE COMMITTED IT FIRST. It's not okay to abuse her because you feel like it or want to. If she...
    DestreyTheAntiChrist DestreyTheAntiChrist 16-17, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have lived with a disability since birth (1980) in one form or another (Hydrocephalus, Hemiplegia (single side semi paralysis) which falls under the Cerebral Palsy umbrella...
    PoeticMute PoeticMute 31-35, M 2 Responses Sep 13

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    "You go from the measures and then they may have to observe them. It can be like riding a bike," she explained. "I am able to let you know the best way to trip a motorcycle, but if...
    Madonnadz Madonnadz 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    Furthermore, it aims to provide people with a disability an opportunity to build social networking sites with their friends exterior normal support hrs.reside while in the Local...
    Cameronzpg2937 Cameronzpg2937 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    Shocking to All those that do not know Sullivan is she taught herself to browse those publications and every thing else when she was 19.You might not imagine oneself as aquiring a...
    Nolanyqj Nolanyqj 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 25

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    I think All people ought to be entitled to an equal possibility to complete at whatever they adore. Remark right here and allow us to know your ideasR30;are living within the Local...
    Kit1739qm Kit1739qm 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    We've been...  ...which has a disability. On top of that we are looking for someone with nursing qualifications and encounter to provide wellbeing aid to small children...  Find...
    Lillafyq Lillafyq 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    I so hate when people tese me and other like me cause we have disability it make me sooooo upset when i get tese why do people do it i go to a special school cause i can't get nom...
    ewoh ewoh 18-21, M 5 Responses Sep 9

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    Well, I do have family -- up until 1993 I had 7 siblings. When they all were told my dad was dying and to come see him. I was not told until after he died that he was sick. All of...
    iamtheworst iamtheworst 56-60, F a week ago