|Barked: Wed Aug 7, '13 1:43pm PST |
|So, I have a SDiT, an he is currently my ESA. I lived in a "no dogs" apartment community, and had a letter from my therapist stating why I needed the dog, how it's improves my quality of life, and that I do have a disability as defined by ADA.
My landlord contacted his lawyer, who demanded more information. I complied, but told my therapist to leave out my diagnosis of PTSD (at the time I was still really shy about it). The lawyer said I did not have a disability, and that I would have to get rid of my dog.
Did I do something wrong? And do lawyers have more say about who has disabilities than a therapist? I was deeply hurt, embarrassed, and it caused me a lot of emotional harm since I had to go and find a new place to live. It is really hard for me to go and talk to people, and so my anxiety has increased dramatically and I have panic attacks when I comes to people asking about my SDiT. I feel like I am cheating the system, and that maybe I should just give up because I was told I don't have a disability. I just need advice on what to do. I am absolutely terrified to even mention it to my new roommate (I was living alone before, as I have a very hard time living with strangers) and my landlord. I just want to know if I am in the wrong.
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