Bipolar Disorder Symptoms that Can Help
You Qualify for Social Security Disability
Bipolar disorder, which is listed among the Social Security’s Administration (SSA) covered mental illnesses, manifests itself in the form of extreme mood swings like highs (mania) and lows (depression).
It can be very dangerous and debilitating. With medication and therapy, it can be managed, which helps people with bipolar disorder lead happier, more productive lives.
The challenge of qualifying for Social Security Disability with bipolar disorder, as with many mental health conditions, is getting Social Security to understand that your symptoms are severe enough that you can’t work.
You may experience the following manic symptoms:
- Increased energy or agitation
- Abnormally upbeat
- Lack of sleep
- Racing thoughts
- Exaggerated well-being and self-confidence
- Unusual talkativeness
On the other end of the emotional spectrum, you may experience any of these depressive symptoms:
- Sleeping too much
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Depressed or hopeless mood
- Feelings of inappropriate guilt or worthlessness
- Inability to concentrate
- Contemplating suicide
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Loss of pleasure
Even when you have symptoms of bipolar disorder, that’s not enough to qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits. You’ll need medical proof of the severity and debilitating nature of your case as well.
You can start by getting Hanley Disability to review your case FOR FREE.