Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in America. 2.2 percent of the U.S. population live with severe bipolar disorder. The average for onset of bipolar disorder is the late teens to early 20's. 61% of individuals with Bipolar disorder also had a substance abuse disorder (more than 5 times as likely as the general population.) Social Security will not pay benefits to individuals whose drug abuse and alcohol problems are material to their finding of disability.The availabilty of treatment sources and access to mental health care in Nebraska and Iowa has shrunk. Omaha Social Security disability lawyer says that the difficulty of proving bipolar disorder claims does not mean that they are not winnable
Some thoughts about presenting your case at hearing:
- Who made the diagnosis and what were the circumstances ?
- How does it feel when you are manic or depressed?
- What is your current and prior treatment?
- General questions about your thought processes
- Why your written statement about how you are affeced by bipolar disorder is a good idea
- Why a medical provider's statement about your work restrictions is important.
This is an abbreviated sketch of what needs to be covered at your social security hearing based on bipolar disorder and more details need to developed by your lawyer. For a free evaluation of your claim contact Cuddigan Law at (402) 933-5405 or email [email protected]