I'm currently in a bit of a pickle. I applied for the Disability Support Pension back in October 2018. Today I got a phone call to notify me that my application had been unsucessful. I was torn apart and couldn't stop crying. I felt I had such a good chance at being approved and put my all into the application (psych evaluations dating back to 2007, current medication information, testimony from both my GP and treatint psychologist).
I am diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Manic depression.
I haven't ever been able to hold a steady job for longer than a few months and my attempts are returning to school seem to crumble very quickly.
I spoke to Centrelink a little bit about why I wae unsuccessful. These days they have three criteria you must meet to be successful.
1. Stable diagnosis (I was diagnosed in 2015, supported by documents)
2. Treatment ( exhausted all treatment options, no positive outlook on recovery for at least two years)
3. Fully Stabilised - this is where I ran into an issue. BPD is incredibly unstable on the best of days. I was told that because there was no guarantee I would still be extremely ill during the next two years. I had failed the criteria required.
I'm wondering if there is anyone out there that can advise me if they've ever been in a situation like this or what my potential next move should be.
Looking for work is not something I am able to do at the moment, I struggle to function with things like self care or attending appointments, phones calls, social situations.
Centrelink can be a nightmare at the best of times, ey? Unfortunately more people are denied on the first go than are approved. I'm in a similar predicament to you and have been reluctant to apply for the DSP for exactly that reason
Like @Jay-RO, I reckon chatting to your treating team would be your best bet in terms of exploring your other options. How've you been coping this week? Here for you
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