When Is Bipolar Disorder a Disability?

Mack burned some bridges, figuratively, before he found out he had bipolar disorder. His behavior during his manic phases alienated friends and employers. When he was depressed, he found himself completely unable to leave his house for any reason, even to go to work. After being diagnosed, Mack started on medication and therapy designed to…

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Social Security Changes in 2020

In June 2019, over 63 million people received Social Security benefits. Most of the recipients were older Americans who collected retirement benefits. However, other beneficiaries received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). With so many people relying on Social Security for support each month, any alterations in benefits can make a…

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What Is Functional Loss?

Age certainly contributed to Frank’s arthritis. This fact was little consolation as he watched his ability to work disappear. The arthritis affected his ability to grasp small objects, but also to walk long distances. As Frank applied for disability benefits to cover his lost income, he learned more about functional loss and the musculoskeletal system.…

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Documents You May Need to Provide with Your SSDI Application

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits help millions of people cover income lost because a medical condition prevents them from working. As with most government programs, people must apply and qualify before receiving benefits. In addition to your SSDI application, you may need to provide copies of several documents to support your claim. Applying for…

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