Bipolar disorder is classified by “mood swings,” which are rapid changes in periods of extreme happiness followed by periods of extreme sadness and depression. This disease is an emotional disorder that involves a severe mood disturbance. This disease was previously known as manic-depressive disorder in which the person experiences periods of extreme happiness that are closely followed by extreme depressive states. Bipolar disorder has a cause that is unknown but it is believed that there may be a possible genetic link. A person who has a relative with bipolar disorder is more likely to have the disease as well.

woman suffering from Bipolar Disorder

There Are Two Phases of Bipolar Disorder:

  • Depression:
  • This phase of bipolar disorder involves low/depressed moods, trouble with concentration or memory, problems making decisions, over/under eating, minimal energy or desire to do anything, loss of interest in enjoyed daily activities, low self esteem, sleeping too much or inability to sleep, feelings of worthlessness or guilt and at times thoughts of death or suicide.

  • Mania:
  • Those people who are suffering from the mania phase of bipolar disorder are generally easily distracted, have minimal need for sleep, exercise poor judgment and temper control, lack self-control, have a very elevated frame of mind, have racing thoughts and excess energy, among other things. This phase can last from a few days to a few months depending on the type of bipolar disorder.

Denied Social Security Disability Benefits Claim formGiven the seriousness of this disease, it is incredibly difficult for those suffering from mania or depressive phases to function at work. Depending on the severity of the disease, Social Security Disability might be able to be collected. If you or a loved one have bipolar disorder and your doctor told you that you should not return to work, you want to contact an experienced MA Social Security Disability lawyer right away. In either of these phases of bipolar disorder, an abuse of drugs or alcohol is dangerous and also highly likely. Also, there is no cure for bipolar disorder and the treatment for it is just symptom recognition and management. Documentation and medical records are very important when the Social Security Administration evaluates your claim, and having a lawyer familiar with the process is important. Talk about suicide in those with bipolar disorder is something to be watched for and not taken lightly.

An experienced Social Security Disability attorney may be able to help you to make important personal decisions and to ease the stress of filing for Social Security Disability. Nearly 75 percent of first time applicants for Social Security Disability are rejected. When that person is also having trouble with bipolar disorder and transitioning between manic and depressive phases, it makes applying for Social Security Disability very discouraging. They are rejected not because they do not have a qualifying disability that is worthy of compensation from the Social Security Administration, but rather because they were unfamiliar with the process and did not know what the Social Security Administration was looking for. A knowledgeable Social Security Disability attorney can help you ensure that your medical records accurately reflect your disability and symptoms and that the Social Security Administration is aware of the extent of your disability. The Social Security Administration looks for detailed medical records, the opinions of physicians and the symptoms experienced when making their final decisions.

Contact the Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates

Fall River Social Security Disability AttorneyIf you have an attorney prior to filing a claim with the Social Security Administration, your chances of succeeding are nearly doubled. Not only are your chances of success greater, but you will begin receiving your benefits more quickly. If you plan on, or are currently applying for benefits from the Social Security Administration, call The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates now. We can help to ensure that your claim is processed quickly, efficiently, and successfully. We at d’Oliveira & Associates are highly skilled in the area of Social Security Disability law and have helped many clients successfully. Please contact The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.

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Fall River, MA 02720
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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 15 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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