Bipolar Disorder Benefits from Social Security

Our Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly has been helping people with bipolar disorder secure the benefits they deserve for over 30 years.

Our Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly has been helping people with bipolar disorder secure the benefits they deserve for over 30 years.

Bipolar disorder is an affective disorder that is generally characterized by profound mood disturbances, ranging from deep depressive states to fully manic states. While such severe mood swings can have a serious impact on an individual’s personal life, they can also prevent him or her from being able to hold down a job and earn a living. In such cases, those who are living with bipolar disorder: 

  • Will likely have a right to Social Security Disability benefits
  • Will have the best chances of securing the benefits they need by working with the esteemed Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly.

Qualifying for Benefits

In order for individuals with bipolar disorder to obtain federal disability benefits, they must be able to prove the severity of their condition to the Social Security Administration, which has some very specific requirements. Specifically, qualifying for benefits for bipolar disorder necessitates that afflicted individuals:

  • Have medically documented proof of the persistence of their condition (whether their bipolar disorder is continuous or intermittent) – This includes establishing that they have both:
    • Depressive syndrome, which must be characterized by at least four of the following symptoms:
      • Loss of interest in nearly all activities
      • Poor appetite that has caused significant weight fluctuations
      • Sleeping problems
      • Lethargy
      • Difficulty concentrating
      • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
      • Feelings of guilt and/or worthlessness
      • Paranoia, hallucinations and/or delusions
    • Manic syndrome, which must be characterized by at least three of the following symptoms:
      • Hyperactivity
      • Inflated self-esteem
      • Decreased sleeping
      • Paranoia, hallucinations and/or delusions
      • Pressure of speech
      • Spontaneous, dangerous action without regard for consequences
      • High susceptibility to distraction
  • Provide proof that the condition has restricted their daily activities and impaired their social function on an ongoing basis

Alternately, individuals will have to provide proof that their bipolar disorder has persisted for at least two years and the condition has impacted their ability to hold a job and work.

Portland Social Security Disability and SSI Lawyer at the Law Firm of Richard A. Sly

If you are no longer able to earn a living because you have bipolar disorder, don’t try to deal with the Social Security Administration on your own. This system is notoriously complicated and bureaucratic, and one misstep could result in an outright denial of your legitimate claim.

For more than 30 years, our Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer Richard A. Sly has been dedicated to helping his clients obtain the maximum possible disability benefits for their serious mental health conditions. While he is skilled at building his clients the strongest possible cases so that they have optimal chances of securing benefits the first time they present their case, he also has a proven track record of success when it comes to handling denials or appeals.

How We Can Help You

Some of the specific ways that Richard Sly can help you with your claim include by:

  • Getting timely and accurate information from your doctors
  • Working with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Obtaining evidence from your friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers
  • Working diligently and tirelessly to build you the strongest possible case
  • Flawlessly presenting your case and advocating your rights in any necessary setting (including before the Social Security Administration, their Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), their Appeals Council and in the U.S. District and Circuit Courts).

To discuss your case for free and get your claim started at no cost, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or email us using the form on the upper right side of this page. We offer free initial consultations, are conveniently located in downtown Portland near public transportation, and serve clients throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.