Can I Get Social Security Disability For Being Manic Depressive?

Oct 27, 2011 Comments Off on Can I Get Social Security Disability For Being Manic Depressive? by

Painted By A Man Who May Have Been Manic Depressive

Question: Can I get Social Security disability for being manic depressive?

Answer: Yes, you can possibly get Social Security disability for being manic depressive.

Although I think the manic depressive is a better term for it, doctors now call it bipolar disorder. It is a chronic psychiatric disorder in which an individual alternates between intense highs — the manic phase — and intense lows — the depressive phase. It’s hard for a person to show up for work in either phase much less concentrate on the job once there.

It is often possible for people who are manic depressive to be stabilized with medication so that they do not suffer the dramatic highs and lows. There are plenty of happy, productive people who happen to be bipolar. Unfortunately, not everyone responds to medication. We’re here to help those who don’t respond to medication get on Social Security disability.

Unfortunately, there is a high degree of association between manic depressive illness and substance abuse. They two are probably linked genetically. Substance abuse makes it harder to get on Social Security disability no matter what else is wrong with you, but it is particularly a problem if you have a psychiatric disorder such as bipolar disorder.

It is important that you stay under psychiatric care if you are manic depressive. That is important no matter what else is going on in your life. It is particularly important if you want to get on Social Security disability.

We represent Social Security disability claimants with manic depressive illness and many other types of health problems over a wide area of North Carolina. From Graham to Greenville, from Chapel Hill to Clayton, we can help.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.