Bipolarism and Social Security DisabilityBipolarism and Social Security Disability

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder affecting moods. Once referred to as "manic depression", bipolar disorder manifests itself in episodes of mania. Mania is a term describing abnormally elevated moods. Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and cyclothymia are the three divisions of bipolar disorder, each one representing a different severity of mood elevations.

Mood elevations are present at both ends of the spectrum. When one suffers from bipolar disorder, he or she often suffers from extreme depression and extremely elevated moods for short periods of time. Bipolar disorder can often resemble depression. Though there is no easy way to diagnose bipolar such as a blood test, the disorder is becoming more and more understood in the psychiatric industry, and bipolar is distinguished from depression by the presence of periods of elevated moods.

Bipolar disorder can affect any race, age, gender, or ethnicity. The symptoms usually present themselves in early adulthood. The symptoms of a severe manic phase include:Loneliness

  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest in sexual activity
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Problems sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Extreme elevated mood such as low attention span, increase in energy, increased sexual drive, euphoria, or thoughts described as “racing”, resulting in increased speed of speech.

If you suffer from bipolar disorder, you may not be able to continue working. You may be surprised to learn, however, that bipolar disorder is covered by Social Security Disability Insurance, which is a monetary benefit administered to those who can no longer work due to a disability. Disability, however, does not refer to only physical disabilities. The severe changes in mood associated with bipolar disorder do affect the ability to maintain focus and perform basic job duties. SSDI is administered by a federal agency in order to assist those who cannot perform those basic job functions.

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, can no longer work, and would like to learn more about receiving SSDI benefits, please contact the experienced SSDI attorneys at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers, with offices around the country today.

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