I live in Australia ..... and our rules are very different. but what makes sense to me is .... apply for disability now. then you have a reason for having bad work references. you also have a safety net when you talk to your prospective boss. when I became ill, at one stage ..... I was on sickness benefits. when I applied for work, I told them my problems, and my goal to get back into fulltime work. then when I needed time off, they knew why. and they appreciated the honesty. also it is harder for them not to give you a job ...... because you have given them full disclosure ( not giving someone a job because of medical conditions is illegal)
When you're stressed, You eat Ice cream, Cake, Chocolate & Sweets. Why? Because stressed spelled backwards is DESSERTS.