If you or someone you care about has bipolar disorder then you know the life-changing complications caused by this illness. The mood swings of bipolar disorder—phases of euphoria often followed by depression—can make it difficult to lead a normal life and many times makes it impossible to hold a job.

If you are unable to stay employed due to bipolar disorder, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. As with any other physical or mental disorder, you have to show how bipolar disorder affects your ability to work. Often times the question is not whether you are able to work but rather whether you are able to sustain work.

Social Security examiners are going to ask a lot of questions to determine if your bipolar disorder qualifies for disability payments:

  • Does your condition cause you to be absent from work too often?
  • Are there many days when you just can't get out bed?
  • Do you have problems concentrating on a task or remembering instructions at work?
  • Do you have trouble keeping up with production quotas?
  • Are you irritable and have difficulty getting along with your boss, co-workers and customers?
  • Have you been fired, quit or just walked off the job multiple times?

In considering your application for disability benefits, examiners are also going to ask about your treatments and medications. They will want to know for how long you have been treated, if the treatment or meds have improved your condition, and what the side effects are. They will want to know if you continue to have the same problems that caused you to lose jobs in the past.

Social Security's typical response to people with severe mental problems who apply for disability is that they can work at simple unskilled jobs. We know from experience, that bipolar disability cases are not easy to win, but they can be won. Our job is to develop your case and prove how your limitations interfere with your ability to hold a job. At Cuddigan Law you have a dedicated team of professionals in your corner who understand the system and who will fight for your rights. Call us for a free evaluation of your case.

Timothy J. Cuddigan (Founder - Retired)
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