Friday, October 07, 2005
But we walked away with a fundamental disagreement about Kyle's future. We learned about medicaid, SSI, and disability. Karen wants to immediately start the public assistance process for Kyle. I disagree, I feel once he's on the books he's SEVERELY limited his future. I want him to consider the armed forces. I think this is a possibility of something that can teach him enough discipline to allow him to live a mostly normal life in the future. I realize there's risks, a dishonorable discharge would affect his future in probably a worse way. But to put him on assistance where he doesn't have to work would seal his fate in the substance abuse world. He would, I'm fairly certain, slowly drink himself to death.
But this is probably moot, I'm fairly certain he'll decline to try the armed forces. He can't hold a job, never could. So that really only leaves the public assistance option.
We'll see how the next few days play out.
I'm on SSA, much like SSI & while once he's diagnosed he wouldn't qualify for the military, there are programs with SSI. He'd qualify for assistance going to college, junior college or work training. SSI offers something that helps you try to work while still under their umbrella. Plus, the medication is covered & that can be hundreds of dollars a month.
He's very fortunate to have parents that love him as much as you two.
Below you were talking about bipolar and BPD. I just wanted to let you know that they both have similiar features and it's hard for even a psychiatrist to make a diagnosis. It is possible to have both so that's another slant for them to consider. Because there is no definite test it's very hard to diagnose these things.
Good luck and I hope things work out for your family.
I happen to be Bipolar I and on SS Disability. There is no shame for a bipolar sufferer or their family in seeking out help.
While receiving assistance, Kyle can go to school, learn a trade, and actually work in a special program for the Disabled called "Ticket-to-Work".
SS Disability provides money, medical coverage, and more, but you must be eligible. Contact Social Security right away; a decision can take up to 2 years.
Any help Kyle gets from a doctor, psychiatrist or counselor MUST and WILL address this component of his illness.
I urge you not to assign symptoms of his illness as "weakness" or part of his true self. He can't control substance abuse any easier than he can his moods.
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