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Can I get disability benefits for Bipolar Disorder

Can I get disability benefits for Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar Disorder (also known as manic depression) is a serious medical condition which can, and often does, prevent a person from holding down a full-time job or engaging in substantial gainful activity. 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.

The Social Security Administration lists bipolar disorder as a condition which can be disabling when the symptoms interfere with the person’s ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 12.04 in the Code of Federal Regulations lays out in specifics the impairments which a sufferer has to have in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for this condition; however, if you do not “meet or equal” this listing, you may still be entitled to disability benefits if your condition, in conjunction with any other physical or mental impairment, prevents you from returning to work you have done in the past and other substantial work you might be qualified to perform given your age, education and acquired work skills.

If you or a loved one lives in Alabama, you are suffering from the effects of bipolar disorder and you believe you are disabled as the result and are entitled to Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you do not have to take on the Social Security Administration alone. Please feel free to one talk with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

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