My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: CA
Background: I have Bipolar 1. I have previously been in the hospital for manic episodes and receive Medi-Cal Disability for health insurance. However, I do NOT receive SSI. I have always believed in myself and wanted to work. I only graduated college a year and a half ago and have not been in the hospital for almost 2 years.
But I still have symptoms from this mental illness and it has been getting worse, almost scary. I have psychotic ideas that I don't want to think about. Like visions of violence in people I talk to.
My doctor has been changing my medications almost everytime I go in to see him. Anyway, I started feeling bad when the weather started to change. I work commission only and by mid october my income had dropped from $1200-$2400 every two weeks, to less than $250/week. All of this is due to my social anxiety (not being able to initiate pitches and make sales) and the psychotic ideas I have. Instead of working I would sit in McDonalds and stare at the wall.
I had to move out of where I was living and the only place I had to go was my mom's. This is the superficial reason for quitting my job. I didn't make enough money so I had to move. But the deeper truth as to why I did not make enough money is due to my disability.
I just moved to a different county so it will take time to see a new doctor. What should I do? I can't get my old doctor to do anything. The social worker might.
And is this an unemployment claim, or a disability claim?
Lastly, I don't want to live on welfare. I sincerely want to work and contribute to society, but having been in the hospital before, I know I can't put this stress on myself.
Thank you for your help.
And would it hurt my case if I don't see a doctor until mid December?
What will happen if they need the older doctor's files?
Does my case sound like it will be approved, or not?