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My son is an artist and painted this original oil years ago. He named it "Disturbed", and calls it his self portrait.

My son is suffering from profound depression, and acute anxiety that causes him to have severe panic attacks daily, sometimes twice a day. This has taken away his desire to live and his ability to do anything to help himself. One year ago he had a major breakdown, and we have been supporting him, hoping he could get the help needed to allow him live a normal, productive life. That hasn't happened, and since we are retired, we can no longer support him. He also has some health issues that are not resolved. My son is on the Discount Program at UAMS, the Arkansas Medical School, but they move so slowly. It took us over six months to see a psychiatrist. Now we are still waiting for referrals to neurology for a repeat of an MRI that showed some brain atrophy, and another for a colonoscopy with the Oncology Department, to determine the reason for his chronic colon issues that often make him incontinent. We have been waiting months. We applied for disability in 2009, when his depression worsened and his anxiety took over his life. This is our third attempt and it is taking forever...months for the hearing and months for a decision, and every day we see him struggle more and more, just to stay alive. He will be homeless in two weeks, and we still have no decision...and we still don't know the extent that all of his problems effect his actual diagnosis. There is so much more I want to share, but what we need desperately is some time. We want him to be able to support himself for the next two months, hoping that within that time frame we will receive a positive judgment on his disability application. Our son was a wonderful artist, but the medications he is on leave him numbed out and take away his creativity. Please, please just give him more time. His future depends on your help.
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