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Bipolar Disorder and Receiving Social Security Disability

If you or a loved one is bipolar, it may have reached a point where it is debilitating. Bipolar disorder may be the cause of you or your loved one's disability. Do you or your loved one need help because of your disability? Do you need financial help? Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by bipolar disorder? Were you or your loved one denied? You or your loved one may be thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If this is what you decide to do, here is something to think about. You or your loved one will need a reputable disability lawyer like the one you will find at to counsel and advise you in what can be a long and trying process. The reason for this being true is because people who are aided and represented by a reliable disability attorney are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer. What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is not a single disorder, but a category of mood disorders characterized by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally heightened mood, clinically referred to mania. People who have manic episodes also usually experience depressive episodes or symptoms, or mixed episodes which have features of both mania and depression. These episodes are normally separated by periods of normal mood, but in some patients, depression and mania may rapidly alternate. This is known as rapid cycling. Bipolar disorder used to be called manic-depressive illness. Bipolar disorder is considered to be a more neutral term. This is to avoid the stigma of combining "manic" and "depression" by the general population. Bipolar disorder has also been known as bipolar affective disorder. Bipolar disorder has been subdivided into bipolar I, bipolar II and cyclothymia. These classifications are based on the type and severity of mood episodes the person experiences The signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder are distinguished by alternating periods of mania (highs) and depression (lows). Some of the effects the mania phase of the disorder may have on you are: Effects caused by the depression phase are:
  1. Problems concentrating
  2. Irritability
  3. Disturbances in appetite and sleep
  4. Persistent feelings of sadness, guilt, hopelessness and anxiety
  5. Fatigue and loss of interest in daily activities
  6. Chronic pain without a known cause
  7. Recurring thoughts of suicide.