I recently got a disability update report but one of the questions were since October 2012 have I attended school or a vocational program. I checked yes. When I was first interviewed to receive benefits, social security was aware of me starting school. I quit school because I was suspended 3 times because of poor attendance and grades due to my mental illness. It was hard for me to concentrate during class my anxiety was high due to the classroom environment and being around too many people and many other symptoms I experience from my major depression that I am too embarrassed to talk about. I didn't complete school. I still attend my counseling meetings and take my prescriptions I feel my illness is getting worse. What are my chances that social security will continue?
No one here can tell you what your chances are that your benefits will continue without review of your case. However, going to school does not automatically disqualify you from receiving SSDI benefits especially if you were unable to complete school due to your disability. If you receive a notice of cessation, be sure to appeal before the deadline. There is also a 10 day deadline to inform SSA in writing to continue your benefits pending the appeals process. Contact an attorney if you receive a notice of cessation. Most SSDI attorneys offer free consultations.
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The problems you had with attending and concentrating at school show that you are continuing to have problems. Social Security will evaluate the severity of the problems and how you are able to function at this point. If you having episodes of decompensation, then that is probably documented in the medical records and the school records. These records should help Social Security in deciding your continuing disability. If you get a cessation letter, be sure you appeal timely. It would be good to have a lawyer review your file and help you.
Make sure your mental health doctor is documenting your ongoing limitations and mental impairments so that even if you have returned to school, it is clearly not demonstrative of an ability to perform mental tasks on a full time basis, 5 days/week, 8 hours/day.
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