When a mental health condition impairs your ability to work, you may apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. As reported by Healthline, if you have experienced a debilitating bipolar disorder for a minimum of one year, you may qualify for benefits.
Your health care provider may need to submit medical documentation to show the severity of your condition. Frequent and serious episodes of depression or mood swings may have prevented you from working. With evidence that your disorder could last for at least another year, you may apply for SSDI.
How does my ability to remain at a job affect SSDI?
So that you may continue working with a medical condition, your employer must provide you with a reasonable accommodation when you request it. If you ask your supervisor for assistance to manage your symptoms while at work, he or she must comply with the Americans with Disability Act.
An accommodation may include allowing you to wear noise-reducing headphones or working a schedule with flexible hours. If an employer makes an adjustment, and you still find it difficult to perform your tasks, you may no longer have the ability to work. You may then request a medical leave of absence to seek treatment and apply for SSDI.
When may I return to work after receiving SSDI benefits?
The Social Security Administration requires that a medical condition last at least one year or that it will result in death before approving an applicant for benefits. If your symptoms begin to improve in the future, you may consider returning to work on a part-time or trial basis.
After receiving SSDI benefits and treatment for bipolar disorder, the program has several options for you to begin working again. Therapy may help you manage a serious condition, improve your health and increase your ability to perform better at work.