Bipolar disorder is listed in the SSA's Blue List of Impairments under the Mental Disorders for Adults.
Bipolar Disorder related to depression is a typical grievance made by people attempting to acquire Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. It can cause indications of poor focus, low vitality, difficulty resting, and self-destructive thoughts. On the off chance that you have bipolar issue (some time ago known as hyper depression), you may have periods of sadness blended with times of hyper functioning with fast speech.
SSA grants disability benefits based on how your bipolar disorder affects or limits your functioning. To get disability benefits for bipolar disorder, you should be able to show evidence of something other than a finding of sadness or bipolar issue. You should present proof that your downturn or bipolar issue is serious to such an extent that you can't work or unable to perform work in residual functional capacity, RFC well. As indicated by Social Security insights, around 66% of candidates who apply for mental impairment based on major clinical depression or bipolar issue wind up getting endorsed by the SSA (numerous simply in the wake of appealing for an ALJ hearing).
Following is a rundown of significant issues the Social Security Administration (SSA) will think about when assessing your case, and tips for how you can build your odds of getting benefits.
Duration and Level of Depressive Episodes – Bipolar
Your evaluation will be based on how serious your condition has been and how long it lasted for a consecutive period of time. The SSA will list the conditions on levels of your ability to function:
- -On a sustained basis
Furthermore, the SSA will use the following parameters to assess your levels of functioning ability: understand, remember, or apply information; interact with others; concentrate, persist, or maintain pace; and adapt or manage oneself.
Quite often, your medical records may list some episodes of your diagnosis as 'feeling better' or that your disorder seems to have 'improved'. The SSA might use these as evidence to reject your bipolar disability claims. However, you can explain your case through medical evidence or your doctor's reports if you have good and bad days during your disorder.
Meeting SSA's listing for Disability Benefits
The SSA may require your doctor's notes along with at least 3 of the problems listed below, to be evident in your medical records to qualify for benefits:
- - Pressured speech;
- - Flight of ideas;
- - Inflated self-esteem;
- - Decreased need for sleep;
- - Distractibility;
- - Involvement in activities that have a high probability of painful consequences that are not recognized; or
- - Increase in goal-directed activity or psychomotor agitation
Along with at least 5 of the following if you also have depression with bipolar:
- - Depressed mood;
- - Diminished interest in almost all activities;
- - Appetite disturbance with change in weight;
- - Sleep disturbance;
- - Observable psychomotor agitation or retardation;
- - Decreased energy;
- - Feelings of guilt or worthlessness;
- - Difficulty concentrating or thinking; or
- - Thoughts of death or suicide.
If you currently do not meet all of the listing requirements above, but have medical history showing that your disorder is 'serious and persistent' you may qualify for disability benefits. This would hold true provided that you have medically documented the history of your bipolar disorder over at least 2 years period, meeting the following conditions:
- Medical treatment, mental health therapy, psychotherapy, psychosocial support(s), or a highly structured setting that may be ongoing and that diminishes the symptoms and signs of your mental disorder
- Marginal adjustment, that is, you have minimal capacity to adapt to or undertake challenges or changes in your environment or to demands that are not already part of your daily life
Our disability lawyers may be able to help equip you with all the required procedures to increase your chances of qualifying for disability for bipolar disorder.