Chicago Bipolar Disorder Attorneys

Illinois Social Security Lawyers

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive disorder) is a psychiatric condition characterized by episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition and mood, either with or without one or more depressive episodes. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe and vary from person to person, but they may include extreme moods and extreme changes in energy, activity, sleep and behavior. There is no uniform medical or psychological test to diagnose the condition. Accordingly, diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be difficult for mental health professionals.

The skilled Chicago, Illinois social security disability law firm of Ankin Law has considerable experience representing clients pursuing social security disability benefits based on a number of medical conditions, including bipolar disorder. We are well-versed in the legal requirements necessary to submit a valid claim, as well as the medical documentation that is necessary to support a medical diagnosis.

Qualifications for Social Security Disability Benefits

An applicant who suffers from bipolar disorder can qualify for disability benefits if he or she meets the evaluation criteria established in the Social Security disability handbook, or he or she shows the SSA that he or she is unable to participate in any kind of employment based on residual functional capacity, age, education and work experience.

Bipolar disorder is included on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “Listing of Impairments”  that automatically qualify as disabilities. This list describes, for each major body system, impairments that are considered to be so severe that they prevent an individual from performing any gainful activity. Listing 12.04 A3 states that an individual with bipolar disorder must have a history of periods of symptomatic manic and depressive syndromes and currently be manifesting one or both syndromes.

It is important to remember that an applicant suffering from bipolar disorder must still show the SSA that his or her bipolar disorder prevents him or her from engaging in “substantial gainful activity” (i.e. employment). As with all social security disability claims, the submission of sufficient medical documentation is crucial to the success of the claim.

Importance of Experienced Social Security Disability Attorney

The SSDI and SSI application process can be incredible complex and detailed. The assistance of a knowledgeable social security attorney can be instrumental to the success of your application. Ankin Law is a Chicago, Illinois social security disability law firm that focuses on representing clients who are pursuing social security benefits for a variety of medical conditions. We help clients at all stages of the process – from application to hearing and appeal, if necessary. If you are unable to work due to anxiety, contact our office at (872) 529-9377 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Chicago social security disability attorneys.


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Chicago, Illinois 60602

(872) 529-9377