I want to thank @David_Brannen and especially @Steve1959! I submitted my application at the end of November 2019 using advice from this site and help from Steve. This morning I checked (like I always do) and noticed it said Complete. I called and it was approved from December 2018 (my illness date is May 2017)
I would never have been able to do this (and get it right the first time) without this site and the users who offer up advice.
My application included:
application typed up
my family doctor signing the medical form
her medical notes and a letter indicating reasons why I am unable to be gainfully employed
an independent medical exam report from the psychiatrist hired by my insurer
a report from my ongoing and treating psychiatrist why I am unable to be gainfully employed
a report from my ongoing and treating psychologist on why I am unable to be gainfully employed
all the medical professionals who treated me for my illness
a complete medication report and info sheet for each medication for 3 years from the pharmacy
and of course, my personal story. I wrote a cover page, adding each illness and symptom and describing how my life was affected by each/combination of them. I went deep people - how I felt like a horrible mother and wife for being disconnected and a disappointment, how I feel at a loss without a career I fought and worked so hard to earn. Because it’s true.
They did request an updated report from my psychiatrist and psychologist, but I never received a phone call.
I am unsure about applying for the disability tax credit at this time. I am just going to go have a good relief cry and maybe a good nap after that