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Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a serious medical condition which can, and often does, affect children as well as adults. Person’s suffering from bipolar disorder experience severe mood swings; from periods of crushing depression in which getting out of bed to be around others can be an excruciating task, to times in which the person experiences manic highs in which nothing seems impossible and the person jumps from one excited idea to another without ever finishing a task. As severe as the depression can be, often persons suffering from manic depression do not like taking medication for their condition because the manic highs are so enthralling, but when questioned, they generally all say that during their highs they often engage in dangerous activities without regard for the consequences and that during this period it is hard for others to be around them.

Unfortunately, bipolar disorder affect children as well as adults (read the attached article Understanding Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents)

Listing 112.04 sets forth the symptoms a child must have documented in order to be found disabled by the Social Security Administration.  If the minor does not exactly meet this listing, it is still possible for them to be found disabled if it can be showing that the child is found to have one extreme-or two marked-limitations in the domains set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations.

If you have questions about Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, don’t hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

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