To battle a mental disorder like Major Depressive Disorder or Bipolar Disorder in addition to applying for social security disability alone, can feel like a nearby impossible feat. The idea of rejection or doubt regarding your eligibility for these conditions can trigger additional stress that makes your symptoms even worse.
What can help increase your chances of approval involves gathering as much medical evidence as possible and trusting a legal team to fight for your claim.
What Are Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder?
Before we dive into what could qualify you for social security disability insurance or supplemental security income, it’s important to understand the definition, symptoms, and ways that these disorders can affect a person’s day-to-day life.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Also commonly known as depression, MDD is a mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, and a range of other emotional and physical symptoms. These symptoms can include changes in appetite and sleep patterns, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and even thoughts of self-harm or suicide. MDD often interferes with a person’s ability to function at work, in relationships, and other areas of life.
Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar Disorder, previously known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental health condition characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy levels, and activity levels. It involves periods of intense mood elevation, known as mania or hypomania, as well as episodes of depression. During manic episodes, individuals may experience heightened self-esteem, increased energy, impulsivity, racing thoughts, and a decreased need for sleep. Depressive episodes involve symptoms similar to Major Depressive Disorder. The cycle of mood swings can be disruptive and interfere with a person’s daily functioning and relationships.
How Can You Get SSI For Bipolar Disorder?
To qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits based on Bipolar Disorder, you must meet the eligibility criteria established by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here are the general steps and considerations involved:
Review the Blue Book Listing: The SSA maintains a guide called the “Blue Book” that outlines the medical criteria for evaluating different impairments, including mental health conditions. Bipolar Disorder is evaluated under Section 12.04 of the Blue Book, titled “Affective Disorders.” It lists the specific criteria and symptoms required to meet the SSA’s definition of disability.
Gather Medical Evidence: It’s crucial to have documented medical evidence to support your claim. This includes psychiatric evaluations, treatment records, hospitalizations, medication history, and any other relevant medical documentation. These records should demonstrate the severity and duration of your Bipolar Disorder symptoms, including the frequency and intensity of manic and depressive episodes, any functional limitations, and the impact on your ability to work.
Consult with Mental Health Professionals: Having ongoing treatment and regular visits with mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists or psychologists, is highly beneficial. Their expertise and documentation of your condition can strengthen your case for SSI benefits. Be sure to follow your treatment plan and comply with prescribed medications.
Meet the Financial Eligibility Requirements: In addition to medical criteria, SSI takes into account factors such as income, resources, and household composition. You must have limited income and resources to qualify for SSI.
Consult With Grundy Disability Group
Your chances of getting approved for disability benefits dramatically increase when you consult with an experienced SSD lawyer for bipolar disorders. Once all necessary evidence is gathered, our attorneys will handle all of the tedious and frustrating correspondences with the Social Security Administration for you. Focus on taking care of yourself while our team fights for your benefits. Schedule your free consultation now.