The Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability

Olivia Colleen Smith

Welcome to the Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability – a renegade disability guide for Spoonies.

This guide is designed for people with ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme, and related conditions.

However, most everything in this guide would work for most everyone with any condition.

If you are too sick to continue working, applying for disability may be one of the most important things you can do to help yourself. It can bring you stability, medical treatment, and the ability to take care of yourself.

It can also be a great help to your loved ones who may be worried about you or may be trying to care for you without support.

Many of our readers have taken super smart steps that have helped them get approved, sometimes the very first time they applied. These brilliant and kind-hearted people have shared all their great stories and ideas below.

It’s Possible!

A lot people get discouraged when they apply for disability, because they feel it is random, or because they know someone who was very ill and did not get approved.

Here’s what we can tell you and here’s the most important thing you need to know: People do not get approved for disability based on how sick they are. They get approved based on how well their illness is documented and how strong their Social Security file is. That is really unfair, but it is also the way the world works.

Luckily, you can make your Social Security file really great and give them everything they need to make the right decision. Reading more and learning more and taking more steps is the best possible thing you could be doing right now. Please read on.

Before You Apply

Read This If There is Any Chance You Will Ever Apply…

Read This if You Want to Increase Your Chances of a Quick Approval...


How Do I Know if I am Eligible? 💮 “Someone Said I’m Not Eligible”


Get Started 💮 Forms 💮 Important Questions

After You First Apply

Waiting for a Decision 💮 Important Questions 💮 Social Security Doctor

Appeals and Hearings

Forms 💮 Hearings 💮 Lawyers 💮 Waiting for a Hearing

After Your Hearing

Waiting for a Decision 💮 If Approved 💮 If Denied

How to Greatly Greatly (Greatly!) Improve Your Application

Complete List 💮 Short List

How to Kill Your Application

Don’t Do This

At the Doctors

Work with Your Doctor to Get Great Disability Documentation

Things to Give Your Doc

Sample Letters 💮 Function Forms

Special Conditions

Lyme Disease 💮 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 💮 Mental Health 💮 Fibromyalgia

Learn from The Pros

Success Stories 💮 Survey Results

You Did It!

Everything No One Ever Tells You After You Get Approved


Disability FAQ

💠  How Do I Collect All My Medical Records (even the secret ones)?

💠  How Do I Find a Good Lawyer?

💠  How Do Make Sure My Records Aren’t Lost or Missing?

💠  How Do I Prove I Can’t Work / Can’t Function?

💠  How Do I Know if I am Seeing the Right Kind of Doctor?

💠 How Do I Learn the Social Security Rules for Doctor Visits?

💠 How Do I Get Approved for LTD (Disability Through Employer)?

💠 What Is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

💠 Why Is Someone At Social Security Telling Me This Weird Thing?

Survival Tips

💮 Typical disability timeline & what to expect

💮 Tips for a (slightly) easier life while you apply

💮 How to Survive Financially While You Apply

💮  How to Get Answers to Your Social Security Questions

💮 Other Programs You Can Apply for While Waiting for Disability