I was diagnosed in my early 40's, am now 55. I still work full time in a very stressful supervisory position, plus we raise livestock & I have a part time home business. I always thought keeping busy & pushing myself was what kept me going, now that I have progressed, I realize that I need much more control & downtime & way less stress in my life, I am beyond exhausted, yet somehow cannot sleep more than 3-4 hours a night at most. I have no retirement, I need to get social security disability or we will lose everything & I cannot let that happen, so I keep pushing myself, knowing full well that I cannot do it much longer. I am both physically & mentally drained & feel like I am on the edge of a cliff. Can anyone share their experience with social security disability? What are my chances of getting it? My doctor requested that I not work over 4-6 hours a day & 3-4 days a week, but was told at work that my position required me to work full time. The only reason that I am able to still do my job, is that I have a very supportive staff that covers for me, plus I can sit most of the day & shut the door of my office when I am having PD or medication issues, which is becoming more frequent. I hope to be able to continue my home business, as it is what I love & although I don't make much money, it is very healing for me, both physically & mentally & I need to be productive or the depression will kill me. Will social security allow me to continue to work at home or would they cut my benefits? I know it won't look good that I have been working full time & am know claiming to be completely disabled, but I need to pay bills. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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