Disability Benefits for Bipolar Disorder


    Financial Relief for People in Baltimore, DC & Virginia

    Stable income gives you some room to focus on managing the whipsaw moods that come with bipolar disorder.

    The soaring highs and diving lows can derail your daily life. If you’re unable to work and bring in income, you’re left with disappearing savings and mounting debt.

    In cases like yours, Social Security Disability benefits can help you rebalance your life.

    Securing benefits, however, isn’t simple, and the struggle is compounded by the stress of managing your condition every day. More often than not, Social Security denies first-time applicants.

    That doesn’t mean you don’t deserve this support. It simply signals you could use some help. Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates handle the legwork of a disability benefits application and serve as your guide.

    If you live with bipolar disorder in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Alexandria and Northern Virginia, or anywhere in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware or Pennsylvania, get in touch with us.

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    Does My Bipolar Disorder Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

    Living with bipolar disorder is chaotic. The bucking mood swings leave you grasping tightly to the reins just to make it through your days and weeks.

    While Social Security recognizes your condition as eligible for disability benefits, they don’t make it easy to tap into that resource.

    You have to prove that your symptoms—anxiety, depression, over-excitement, and others—make it impossible for you to continue in the workforce.

    Social Security created a checklist of symptoms that applicants can use to qualify for disability benefits with bipolar disorder

    First, you must have medical documentation that shows you suffer from at least three of the following:

    • Fast, hard-to-control talking
    • Fast-moving thoughts
    • Inflated confidence
    • Sleeping less
    • Getting easily distracted
    • Inability to sit still
    • Engaging in high-risk activities without concern for consequences
    • Laser focus on certain goals

    Then you must show that your symptoms prevent or limit your ability to use information, interact with other people, concentrate, or manage your daily life.

    You can also provide a medical history showing you have attempted to manage your bipolar disorder for at least two years, making your condition “serious and persistent.”

    Navigating these rules is hard. At Mathis & Mathis, we understand you would rather be working than facing this challenge.

    We can help, and you don’t have to pay anything to get a professional opinion on what to do next.

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    How Do I Prove My Social Security Disability Claim for Bipolar Disorder?

    Social Security won’t take your word for it that your bipolar disorder has upended your life. You have to prove it in writing—namely your medical history.

    All those times you visited the doctor, the treatment plans you’ve undergone, the prescriptions you take, those reports from your psychiatrist and other medical professionals—all of these become tools for proving your case with Social Security.

    You’ll also need to show your work history: the types of jobs you’ve had, the skills those jobs required, and the demands those jobs placed on you.

    And you’ll need to combine the two to show how your particular mental health difficulties interfere with the kinds of work you’re able to get.

    It’s a lot to gather on your own. But you don’t have to do it alone.

    At Mathis & Mathis, our disability advocates for people in Baltimore, D.C., and Virginia have walked thousands of clients through the process and helped them get the benefits they deserve.

    Trained disability advocates know the rules, the forms, the deadlines, the types of evidence you can use in a disability case and more.

    We do what we do because we want you to get back to what’s most important: concentrating on feeling better and living stronger.

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    Applying or Appealing, We Can Help

    Whether you’re in the initial stages of applying, appealing a denial of benefits, or wondering if you qualify, Mathis & Mathis can help.

    Social Security Disability FAQs

    Because applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated, you likely have many questions about the process. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

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    “Very professional! They answered my questions in a way that I could understand and they did all the footwork for me. Thank you all so very much! I will highly recommend Mathis & Mathis for your disability claims/needs.”

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