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Is Bipolar Disorder a disability according to Social Security?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Bipolar Disorder is considered a severe condition by Social Security, and it may be considered a disability under Social Security guidelines. Social Security considers Bipolar Disorder a disability when it has prevented you from working for the past twelve months or is expected to prevent you from working for twelve months.
When you file for disability on the basis of Bipolar disorder, it is important to have a thoroughly documented mental health history, including hospitalizations, therapy and medications (and a medical history that shows you have been compliant with your medications, i.e. have taken them as prescribed).
Why is it important to have a documented mental health history?
Social Security disability needs to be able to evaluate how Bipolar Disorder has affected your ability to participate in daily activities including work activities; therefore, medical decisions are based on medical records and various disability forms and information provided by your physicians (medical records), third party persons (sometimes, a relative or neighbor will be contacted regarding your daily activities and what you are noticeably capable of doing), and yourself.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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