There are many web sites that provide helpful information on the subject of mental health issues like bipolar disorder. If you are a bipolar sufferer and are currently pursuing a Social Security Disability claim, I highly recommend that you use the vast amount of resources the web has to offer regarding your disorder.
I always encourage my clients who are suffering from particular disorders to educate themselves about their disorders using online resources. I also tell friends and family members of my clients, as well as anyone who may possibly testify in a Social Security Disability hearing, to educate themselves as much as they can about the condition in order to learn about what exactly the client may be going through based on his/her mental health problems.
That said, I realize that not all my clients have knowledge of some of the resources available to them online. So below I have listed a couple to help get you started.
One website that I find very helpful is bipolarcentral.com. This site is obviously dedicated to people who suffer from Bipolar Disorder. David Oliver, the publisher of the web site, founded his site based on his experience with his mother, who was a bipolar disorder sufferer. He offers a host of helpful information about bipolar disorder on this helpful website.
The second site that I highly recommend is a mental health research web site located at: Mental Health Sanctuary web site. The site owners are Tim and Andrea Phiel. You will find a lot of information regarding depression, bi-polar, Schizophrenia, PTSD and much more. You will find that both websites provide a wealth of information to help SSDI claimants and their families.
For the claimant, reading about his/her condition helps reinforce testimony and for the witnesses, a little research can make their testimony more relevant as well. Research can come in very handy for a claimant when it comes to supporting a person’s testimony. In other words, when you conduct research prior to your court date, it makes your testimony all the more credible.