Bipolar disorder is a rapidly growing diagnosis in the United States today. Marked by genetic or stressed-induced issues, bipolar disorder can cause severe restrictions in daily life and leave the victim unable to earn a paycheck. If you or a loved one is faced with such a disease, reading below on how disability claims for bipolar disorders are handled can be very helpful.
How Bipolar Disorder is Defined by Social Security
Bipolar disorder is listed under the SSA listings under 12.00 for mental disorders. This disease and its effects are coupled in the regulations on how it affects daily life. When faced with such an issue, the SSA defines being affected by the disease as a “full symptomatic picture of both manic and depressive syndromes (and currently characterized by either or both syndromes.)” Faced with both the highs and lows of the disorder, victims often find themselves in states of severe and persistent depression that can deeply affect normal function. These dramatic effects on a person’s life are difficult to quantify but easy for professionals to recognize.
Bipolar Disorder Cases are Troubling– and Growing
Mental and emotional issues are the number five largest cause of disability in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 2.6% of adults are affected by bipolar disorder. Almost 83% of these cases are determined to be “severe.” Only about half of those diagnosed are receiving treatment, and the average age of those suffering is just 25. With these cases illustrating much of the national mental health landscape, it is important to consider the severe and sometimes debilitating effects that bipolar disorder has on its victims.
Find Out if You Qualify for Social Security Disability for Bipolar Disorder
Claims for Social Security Disability regarding bipolar disorder are affected by multiple factors. First, of course, is the diagnosis, which a proper mental health official can determine. There are other factors, as well as quantified by the Social Security Administration to determine whether or not this affects a person’s ability to work and to function in society.
SSA Listing 12.00 is Helpful in Determining Disability
While the Social Security regulation is not absolute in determining how a person is disabled, it can be a helpful first step to see if your case qualifies. A skilled attorney can assist afterward in determining how this case should proceed and how to give you the best shot at winning your claim. The SSA statute lists bipolar and asks if a person is so affected by it that they are also unable to do at least two of the following:
1. Marked restriction of activities of daily living; or
2. Marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; or
3. Marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace; or
4. Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration;
Or the following:
C. Medically documented history of a chronic affective disorder of at least 2 years’ duration that has caused more than a minimal limitation of ability to do basic work activities, with symptoms or signs currently attenuated by medication or psychosocial support, and one of the following:
1. Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration; or
2. A residual disease process that has resulted in such marginal adjustment that even a minimal increase in mental demands or change in the environment would be predicted to cause the individual to decompensate; or
3. Current history of 1 or more years’ inability to function outside a highly supportive living arrangement, with an indication of continued need for such an arrangement.
These cases, both general and specific are vital toward a successful SSA case and can be determined largely with the skill and experience of an attorney.
How to Help Yourself Win a SSA Claim for Bipolar Disorder
No SSA disability claim is absolute, but there are some things that can assist in winning such a claim. Organizing your physical and mental health history is a good first step. Following the proper prescription medicine as provided by your physician can be vital in combating outbreaks and consistent effects of the disease.
These are major components in winning such a claim, but it has to be tied together with an experienced attorney. Fighting the SSA bureaucracy by yourself can be nearly impossible. A lawyer with the proper knowledge of the law and the Social Security regulations can make sure that you are well taken care of. They are willing to do the hard work and research needed to successfully pit your claim.
About the Author
Anthony Castelli has 32 years experience and has won hundreds of disability applications for his clients. He offers a free consultation . And if he takes your case his fee only comes out of your back benefits award.