What to Consider When Applying for SSDI in Boston for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a type of depression. It is characterized by severe mood swings that cause sufferers to go from a state of mania to depression. With heightened mood and energy levels, many people suffering from bipolar disorder struggle to keep up with life and work.

Facts About Bipolar Disorder

According to Healthline, 2.3 million Americans—about 1.2 percent of the entire U.S. population—suffer from bipolar disorder.

Still, many people are misdiagnosed when it comes to this mental illness. This means that people suffering from bipolar disorder can go months or years without the appropriate treatment. During that time, relationships at home and work become strained. Holding a job becomes increasingly difficult. All the while, symptoms continue to haunt you, the person living with this condition.

What to Show on Your Application for Social Security Disability with Bipolar Syndrome

For many people with bipolar disorder, Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is the best option available. With SSDI, you get the financial support needed to live without the burden and added stress of maintaining a fulltime job. You can finally focus on getting the type of treatment you need instead of stressing about work.

When applying for SSDI in Boston for bipolar disorder, there are a few things that you must show in order to be approved. They include:

  • How long you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar syndrome. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that you have been diagnosed for over 12 months before you can be approved. Submit paperwork that shows when you were diagnosed with bipolar and how long you have lived with the symptoms.
  • Your long-term diagnosis. The SSA must also see that your symptoms are ongoing. There is no cure for bipolar illness, but the SSA needs to see that treatment options have not worked well enough to manage your bipolar symptoms.
  • The treatment you’re using. Even though treatments might not work effectively enough for you, the SSA will still want to know what treatments you’ve tried and continued to use to manage your symptoms. Submit all treatments, including those that had a small impact on your bipolar symptoms.
  • An description of how bipolar disorder stops you from being able to work. Perhaps the most important part of your application is where you show how bipolar has stopped you from being able to work. Showing how your bipolar disorder symptoms have prevented you from holding any type of job—including sedentary and physical labor—will help you get approved.

Applying for SSDI in Boston is not easy. There are many factors that the SSA will take into consideration when deciding whether you are approved or not. Keep these tips in mind while filling out your application so you can increase your chances at approval.

If you have other questions while filling out your application, we encourage you to download our free report, 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability.

John L. Keefe
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