Having a mental illness like bipolar disorder can prevent you from going about your everyday activities. This means that it can be tough to get out of bed, let alone work. That’s why you’re hoping to receive SSDI, which will cover your basic expenses and give you some peace of mind.
Here’s some information on qualifying for SSDI if you have bipolar disorder.
How to Qualify for SSDI With Bipolar Disorder
To receive any kind of SSDI benefits, you need to prove that because of your disability, you have not been able to or you cannot work for at least one year, and you cannot switch to another profession either. You also have to tell the Social Security Administration about your qualifying symptoms. For bipolar disorder, they include racing thoughts, lack of sleep, mood swings, depression, lethargy, inability to concentrate, loss of pleasure, and significant weight gain or loss.
Proof You Need to Qualify for SSDI
Along with explaining your symptoms to the SSA, you’ll have to provide proof of them. Eligible proof includes information on prior hospitalizations, therapy records, and statements from your healthcare providers like your doctor, psychotherapy, and/or psychiatrist.
Receiving SSDI for Bipolar Disorder
If you get approved for SSDI, you’ll start getting monthly checks in the mail. Most recipients get between $800 and $1,800 per month, with the average being $1,277. You can do whatever you want with this money, like covering your medical bills, paying your mortgage or rent, or putting it towards other needs like transportation and utilities.
Working With Schott Law to Get SSDI
If you need help applying for SSDI & SSI for your bipolar disorder, Schott Law is here for you. Maggie Schott is an SSDI & SSI lawyer serving Washington and Idaho. Contact us now at (509) 328-5789 to get started.