Bipolar I & SSDI - Anyone Out There Been Approved??? HELP!!

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fredschik
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   Posted 2/21/2006 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  Hello, I'm new here and was wondering if anyone out there who has Bipolar I been approved by SSA for disability??  If so, could you give me some info?  I'm in the process of applying for SSDI and need assistance.
 
Thanks for any comments or suggestions,
 
 

FredsChik
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Victim of Bipolar I, IC, IBS, Anxiety, Depression & Panic Disorder
 


ShynSassy
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   Posted 2/21/2006 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I posted this in "depression" for you also.
My son was approved for SSDI for Bipolar. he is 15. So.Yes, you can get SSDI for bipolar disorder. It is a long, difficult process that takes months or even years.(It took us 2 years ) You usually get denied the first time and then have to proceed to a hearing. It always helps to retain an attorney and to have a psychiatrist knowledgeable in these proceedings to fill out the necessary paperwork. Getting SSDI is not a walk in the park, but it is possible.Also SS will also pay up to $4000 (I think) in legal fees
Also key is your dr and his/her willingness to answer promptly inquiries and responding in writing to SS required reviews. This is very important.
Hope this helps. And I think most of the people in this part of the forum will have better info on this than I as I am not dealing with bipolar myself,just know from my son and his struggles.

Good Luck to you
shynsassy@healingwell.net


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fredschik
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   Posted 2/22/2006 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks ShynSassy!! I got it and appreciate you!

Bless you!!
FredsChik
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Victim of Bipolar I, IC, IBS, Anxiety, Depression & Panic Disorder
 


bptkt
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   Posted 3/12/2006 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   

I am BP and suffer from dementia and chronic pain from major car accident 5 yrs ago. I was diagnosed Bp in June 2005 applied for ssdi oct 2005  and was approved by Feb 1 2006 and got back pay as well. I did not have a lawyer and everyone asked how I did it. My answer

Take every Dr's note ever written. EVERY piece of evidence you have. Every report from your job in your decline in salary or productivity. YOU HAVE to PROVE that you can not function in ANY job you have done in the past YOU HAVE TO PROVE you can do it now nor can in the future. I had as BOOK

6 inches thick of every medical record possible. Letters from my DR's, employers, friend and family members.

It worked for me and good luck to you.

 

 

 


tra
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   Posted 3/16/2006 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
It can be done as my 10 year old son who is bipolar was approved. As already told it can become time consuming, but really it is different for each person. When we applied for my daughter with multiple disabilities it took us 3 years. Then I apply for my son and he was approved in three months. Just don't give up and keep very close contact with all of your doctors and tell them of your intentions on applying because they can assist you by filling out their paperwork appropriately.

good luck

kmber72
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   Posted 3/17/2006 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I was awarded disability in only three months after I filed. Between my pdoc, therapists, and medical doc they really had no choice since they all were in agreement that I should get disability. I have been recieving disability for almost 5 yrs now.
"I doubt sometimes whether a quiet and unagitated life would have suited me--- yet, I sometimes long for it."   ~Byron

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