Alcoholism is recognized by the government in a disability claim, but DID is not allowed. I know someone who got disability due to alcholism. But when I put DID on my form, along with all the other delibilitating issues I was dealing with, the form came back to me typed out ommiting DID. The letter wrote that I should sign the form and mail it back.
I had been told by other survivors that it would not be allowed as a disability. I wrote down PTSD on the form as well, and that was included on the returned form. Apparently my dissociation issue was so bad, it just didn’t exist any longer. Who’d a thunk it.
I just didn’t realize they would make it invisible and make my disorder disappear. I didn’t know that they would refuse to write it down on the typed form. So what if they didn’t accept it as a disability, which is bullshit. It should be on the form, everything else I was dealing with was on the form, whether or not it could be a final determining factor in my being qualified to being on disability or not.
I brought it up with my meeting with the psychiatrist who evaluated me. He did not answer my question about why it was not on the form. Instead he asked me how do you see that (being multiple, DID)? I told him. He moved on to the next question. He was interested, I could tell. But he was working those thirty mintues for the government and they don’t see me or what I was dealing with. To them, I have an invisible disorder.
Must be nice to be able to do that. I just don’t feel healed.