SSI For Bipolar
Social Security Disability Attorneys Representing Individuals With Bipolar Disorder
The National Institute of Mental Health defines Bipolar Disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) as a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.
There are three types of Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar I disorder is marked by mania. Mania can include hyperactivity, euphoria, disorganization, decreased need for sleep, impulsivity, impaired judgement, grandiose beliefs, delusions, paranoia and racing thoughts and speech. People may also experience depression but it is not required for a diagnosis of Bipolar I disorder.
Bipolar II Disorder sufferers may experience feelings of an elevated mood or energy level that is above normal and depression simultaneously. Individuals can experience feelings of extreme sadness or hopelessness while feeling energized. Often, people can have episodes of elevated mood followed by bouts of depression. These cycles can repeat several times per year, monthly, weekly or even hourly.
The third type of Bipolar Disorder is Cyclothymia which features bouts of low grade depression and hypomania. The symptoms of Cyclothimia can be subtle and go undiagnosed.
As you can see, the symptoms and severity of Bipolar Disorder can vary. Symptoms can also vary from day to day, week to week or for much longer cycles. Bipolar Disorder usually requires extended and sometimes lifelong treatment.
With treatment, manyare able to manage their symptoms. Others have a more difficult time. Experiencing a severe manic episode or a deep depressive episode can dramatically impact your ability function. It may be difficult or impossible to go to work, do household chores or complete even simple tasks.
If your experience of the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are such that you cannot maintain full time employment you should consider filing for Social Security Disability benefits. The process can be long and frustrating for anyone, much less a person who experiences manic or depressive symptoms. This is where we can help you. Binder and Binder has decades of experience fighting for people just like you. Binder and Binder will work closely with you, your doctors and therapists and focus 100% of our resources on winning your case. Sometimes it helps to know you’ve got experts on you team.
If your symptoms are so severe that you are considering harming yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and speak with someone. 1-800-273-8255