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Is bipolar disorder a qualifying mental condition for SSD?

Even though Anaheim residents probably know they can receive disability benefits for both physical and mental illnesses, the reality is that qualifying for social security disability benefits for a mental condition is often harder. This is because the people who are examining the claim are not qualified in the medical field and cannot fully grasp the full scope of a mental illness. When it comes to certain conditions, due to their cyclical nature, it can be difficult to understand the limitations it imposes. Bipolar disorder is one such condition.

According to the Social Security Administration, bipolar disorders fall under the depressive, bipolar and related diseases category. The disorders are categorized by depressed, irritable, or elevated moods. The person can also lose all interest in pleasurable activities, which results in a decline in their ability to function. Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, suicidal ideation and sleep and concentration disturbances are among common symptoms. The conflicting symptoms of euphoria and sadness are also common symptoms.

Bipolar disorder is cyclical, which is why an untrained examiner may be confused by someone who has it-the person may not display symptoms all the time, which is why they may think the claimant has been cured. The examiner will first turn to the Social Security Administration's listing of impairment and determine if the illness is included in the list. Then they determine if the applicant's symptoms meet the recognized criteria. They consult a number of documents and require certain proof by the applicant to make this determination.

The process of applying for SSD benefits for a mental condition can overwhelm someone with limited functioning. Collecting paperwork and evidence of the disability can be time-consuming and confusing, which is why consulting an experienced professional may be beneficial.

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