One of the most important ways to improve your chances of having a Social Security disability (SSD) or supplemental security income (SSI) claim approved is to show a record of professional treatment for your condition. That is even more important when the condition is bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. Unfortunately, the very nature of this disorder can prevent people from seeking out the help they need.
The Two Sides of Manic Depression
Bipolar disorder is a psychological condition that is marked by two phases: a manic phase and a depressive phase. During the manic period, those suffering from the condition typically feel energized and happy. While in this period of euphoria and extreme optimism, they do not see any need for treatment. That can cause problems for their disability claim.
The other extreme of bipolar disorder is the depressive phase, when people can feel extremely sad and hopeless. The sadness, fatigue and profound lethargy of this phase can make it nearly impossible for people with bipolar to ask for help or to follow through on treatment plans. The despair of the depressive phase accounts for the increased risk of suicide for people with undiagnosed or untreated bipolar disorder (manic depression).
A record of treatment for bipolar disorder (manic depression) is essential to a successful conclusion of your Social Security disability claim. While people with this condition may be resistant to treatment, it is important to know that the Social Security Administration is unlikely to approve a finding of disability without a record of medical diagnosis and consistent treatment.
Looking at the Big Picture
Our attorneys recognize that bipolar disorder (manic depression) can often go unrecognized or misdiagnosed for years. The effects of the disorder can often be seen in a lifelong trail of broken relationships, employment problems and impetuous decisions that result in personal and financial difficulties. We will work to document how the effect this condition has had on your life as a whole.
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