Bipolar Disability Claims in Florida

Bipolar disorder affects almost 6 million adult Americans.  It is a condition that can run in families, but is found in all races.  While bipolar disorder is a treatable illness, many people don’t get the appropriate help or treatment, which can impact their lives and that of their loved ones and family members.

This condition, also referred to as manic depression, is characterized by extreme changes in mood, behavior and thought.  During the mania period, a person may feel elevated and on “a high.”  However, this disorder is also accompanied by a period of depression.  These periods of mania and depression can last any where from hours to month.

Manic depression generally occurs during the late adolescent years, but it can surface as late as the 40s or 50s.  What is unfortunate about this disorder is that it doesn’t just affect the patient; it also impacts the entire family.  Some people with bipolar disorder even have difficulty working.

People suffering from bipolar disorder could be eligible for Social Security benefits in Florida. The eligibility of benefits depends on the severity of the bipolar disorder.  To determine this factor, Social Security will conduct an evaluation.  According to the Social Security Administration’s website: 

“The evaluation of disability on the basis of mental disorders requires documentation of a medically determinable impairment(s), consideration of the degree of limitation such impairment(s) may impose on the individual's ability to work, and consideration of whether these limitations have lasted or are expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.”

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security benefits or have applied and have been turned down, you should contact a Daytona Beach disability lawyer at the Law Firm of Johnson & Gilbert (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890 for legal advice regarding your bipolar disability claim.  We can help you navigate the confusing process to obtain Social Security benefits.