Bipolar disability is a very real medical condition that effects millions of people. Social Security refers to Bipolar disability as an affective disorder. This disability is charaterized by a disturbance of mood, along with manic episodes or depressive episodes. It sometimes can be somewhat controlled by medication, I have found that my clients can controll their Bipolar better with the medication, but the side effects from the mental health drugs are so great that it does not allow them to sustain a job, and or employment.
Many signs of Bipolar disorder are things such as; Decreased energy; feelings of guilt; flights of ideas; feelings of grandeur; lack of sleep; sleeping for long periods of time; and eating disorders. There are a host of issues that result from Bipolar disorder, the above few illustrate the difficulty in functioning daily, and these above issues do not include all the side effects mental health drugs prescribed to controll these symptoms produce.
The condition for Bipolar disability are met when you have documented medical proof of the condition. The disability needs to be documented to almost its onset, (the year is started). It is very helpful in these cases to have the psychiatrist fill out a form known as a medical source statement. The medical source statement is a form that allows the Dr. to tell the Social Security Disability department about your current condition, it can be viewed by the judge, as well as the other individuals that review your claim at the department of disability.
Many times people who suffer from some form of mental illness such as Bipolar disorder, also have a substance abuse problem. Many times I find that my clients are what is refered to as self medicating, because they cannot afford the expensive mental health drugs to stablize their condition. This issue can and must be explained to Social Security Disability, as long as the claimant is free of substance abuse now, that past self medication is not an absolute bar to obtaining your disability.
If you or a loved one suffer from Bipolar disorder, please give my office a call, I would be pleased to speak with you at toll free (877) 271-1633 or local at (615) 308-2633.
Daniel L. McMurtry, Esq.