Applying For Disability With Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that can impair your ability to work and function in daily life. If you are living with bipolar disorder, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In order to receive SSD benefits, applicants must prove their disability is severe enough to prevent them from working and earning an income.
Provide Detailed Medical Records For Bipolar Disorder
When applying for disability benefits, it’s important to provide detailed information about your condition and its effects on your daily life. This includes doctor’s notes, medical records, work history, and other supporting documents. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that applicants with bipolar disorder meet the criteria of Listing 12.04 in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).
Listing 12.04 states that to be eligible for disability benefits, applicants must have at least one manic episode lasting at least seven days or two depressive episodes lasting at least two weeks, with periods of “normal” moods in between. Additionally, the manic or depressive episodes must be severe enough to cause marked impairment in daily functioning and/or require hospitalization.
Proof Of Inability To Work As A Result Of Your Bipolar Disorder
In addition to meeting the DSM-V criteria, applicants must also provide proof of an inability to currently work due to their condition. This may include a statement from your current employer indicating that you are unable to perform job duties or documentation from a medical professional verifying that your bipolar disorder is severe enough to interfere with your job performance.
Alternative Benefits For Bipolar Disorder
If you are able to prove that you meet the criteria of Listing 12.04, you may be eligible for disability benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI provides monthly income, medical coverage, and other financial assistance to qualifying individuals. To apply for SSDI benefits, you will need to complete an application online or at your local Social Security office. Once the application is processed and approved, you may begin receiving disability payments.
Contact Walton Law For Assitance
At Walton Disability, we understand how difficult it can be to prove eligibility for disability benefits when dealing with a mental disorder like bipolar disorder. That’s why we are here to help. Our experienced team of professionals will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your claim is as strong as possible and has the best chance for approval. We can provide assistance with gathering evidence, appealing denials, and navigating the appeals process.
If you or someone you know is suffering from bipolar disorder and is in need of disability benefits, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Let us help you get the financial support you deserve.