FAQ General Bipolar Disability Information What is Bipolar Disorder? What issSocial Security Disability? How does the SSA view disability claims based on Bipolar Disorder? Applying for Social Security Disability How do I apply for Social Security Disability? Appealing a Denial My claim was denied. Why? How do I appeal the denial? The Social Security Disability Hearing Is there anything I can do to prepare for the hearing? I am anxious about the hearing. What is it like? Hiring a Lawyer How can a lawyer help me during this process – why do I need a lawyer? Collecting Benefits If I win, what do I get? Miscellaneous From the time of my initial application to the hearing, it took 3 years. Why does this process take so long? Why are my age, work history, and education so important? How does the SSA use this information to help make a decision in my case?