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Disability Due To Depression And Bipolar Disorder

Depression may not cause you to limp or make it difficult to lift heavy objects, but can be every bit as disabling as a severe physical disability. If your depression is keeping you from holding a job and earning a paycheck, you may be able to obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

If you are seeking help for obtaining SSD or SSI benefits, the attorneys at Bartels Sherman & Wallace, are here to offer experienced guidance and advocacy. We have successfully handled numerous SSD and SSI claims and appeals for clients suffering from depression and other mental health impairments. Contact us today online or by phone at 870-330-4377 to arrange a consultation with an experienced Arkansas lawyer.

SSD/SSI Claims For Depression

Depression does not affect everyone the same. Some people with depression are able to lead relatively normal lives. Others, with more severe symptoms of depression, may suffer to the point they are unable to maintain employment.

If you are seeking SSD or SSI benefits for depression, you must convince the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your symptoms prevent you from holding employment. Those symptoms include:

  • Decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty interacting with others
  • Too much or too little sleep
  • Anhedonia (loss of interest and pleasure in activities)
  • Suicidal thoughts

Bipolar Disorder

For those suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, combined with turbulent mood swings, can hamper their ability to act and interact. People who suffer from bipolar disorder must contend with manic symptoms, such as decreased sleep, distractibility and paranoia, combined with the symptoms of depression (listed above).

To qualify for SSD or SSI benefits based on bipolar disorder, you must demonstrate that you have severe episodes of both depression and mania.

Whether you suffer from depression or bipolar disorder, our attorneys can help you thoroughly document your claim and present a compelling case to the SSA on your behalf.

Contact Us Regarding Bipolar Disorder Claims

Are you suffering from depression or bipolar disorder and need help obtaining SSD or SSI benefits? We are here for you. Contact us today online or by phone at 870-330-4377 to arrange a consultation with a knowledgeable depression disabilities lawyer.