Bipolar disorder is a major mental illness that affects millions of Americans. If your condition has progressed to the point that it affects your ability to keep your job, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
Based in Los Angeles, the Disability Rights Law Center is an SSDI/SSI law firm serving clients throughout California. Since 1999, attorney Alex Boudov has helped disabled people get the benefits they are entitled to.
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder refers to a series of mental conditions that affect your mood and energy level beyond the usual fluctuations. Living with any of these disorders can severely restrict your quality of life and independence:
- Bipolar I disorder: This illness causes episodes of mania, which involves extremely high energy and elation and last at least 7 days. A depressive episode usually follows the manic episode.
- Bipolar II disorder: This also causes alternating high and low episodes, but the “high” episodes are called hypomanic and are not as severe as in bipolar I.
- Cyclothymic disorder: This involves chronic periods of hypomanic and depressive symptoms that are less severe than experienced in bipolar II.
- Other bipolar And related disorders: Some people experience symptoms similar to the three conditions above but do not fit into any one category.
Sometimes, bipolar causes people to feel a mixture of manic and depressive symptoms at the same time. No matter what form bipolar takes, in severe cases it can make it impossible to continue working.
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As an experienced SSDI lawyer, Mr. Boudov has assisted hundreds of people to obtain benefits based on a severe mental illness. For a free consultation with Mr. Boudov, please email us or call 213-784-4386.