October 25, 2014

Bipolar Disorder and Social Security Disability


The Social Security Administration recognizes that bi-polar disorder can create significant problems with employment, and thus result in a finding of disabled from a Social Security judge.

Social Security asks the following question when deciding whether or not you qualify for disability:  do you have a long lasting medical or mental health condition that prevents you from performing full time work or work equivalent activities such as attending school or performing volunteer work?

Patients with bi-polar disorder often meet SSA’s definition of disability because they experience symptoms that interfere with reliability on a job site, including:

  • unstable mood (often associated with rapid cycling bi-polar)
  • severe depression
  • manic activities
  • difficulty maintaining attention and concentration
  • unacceptably slow pace of work
  • anger management issues
  • crying spells
  • excessive sleepiness
  • illogical thinking
  • audio or visual hallucinations
  • difficulties getting along with co-workers, supervisors or the general public

Get Started with Your Claim

If you or a loved one currently experiences the symptoms described above, you may want to consider applying for Social Security disability benefits.   There is no cost to apply and you can dismiss your claim if you find that you are able to go back to work.

Perhaps you have questions about the Social Security disability process or whether the symptoms you experience are severe enough to qualify you for a finding of disabled under Social Security’s rules.  If so, I invite you to call my office at 770-393-4985 or email me by completing the form on the right side of this page.