I applied online in December
I wrote a 2 page description outlining why I thought I qualified for SSDI (with the help of a friend), the 2 page description listed the hospitalizations, why I thought there was decompensation, using the guide on SSDI website. I took this 2-page write-up to the local social security office, along with some paperwork that proved i did stupid things while suffering from psychosis.
then I waited and waited. There was a 5 month waiting period, they opened my application in month 4 (a disability reviewer), called me, interviewed me over the phone, asked some questions. sent a family member a letter on activities of daily living. they talked to my current doctor, and sent me a form to fill out regarding my daily activities. Doctors reviewed the packet for 2 weeks.
it was approved last week, I got a check today. 5 months. went very smoothly, no hearing or appeal.
I provided evidence of my stupid psychotic events outside of the medical records, I believe that helped.