The Top 5 Questions Bipolar Sufferers Ask About Disability Benefits

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The Top 5 Questions Bipolar Sufferers Ask About Disability Benefits

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) affects an estimated 2 million people over the age of 18. Unfortunately, severe symptoms associated with either manic episodes, depression (or both) can cause difficulties in holding down a regular job. In fact, working may become impossible for some bipolars.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has disability benefit programs in place for those with severe bipolar who are unable to work due to the disorder. These are five commonly-asked questions about disability benefits:

#1: How can I prove I’m disabled by my bipolar disorder?

SSA has certain criteria they use to establish any kind of disability, whether related to physical or mental disorders. First, your disorder must be severe enough to keep you from working more than just a minimal amount. Second, it must be diagnosed by a medical professional, typically a physician or psychologist. (A psychiatrist is a type of physician.) Third, it must be expected to last at least 12 months.

Additionally, a diagnosis of bipolar disorder commonly involves a number of signs...

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