Bipolar Disorder & Disability Claims

Bipolar disorder is defined by MayoClinic.com as a “mental illness characterized by mood instability that can be serious and disabling.”  It is a condition that affects an estimated 1 percent of the population and involves extreme mood swings.

The mood swings associated with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, can last anywhere from weeks to months.  If you suffer from bipolar disorder, you know how this medical condition can severely impact your life and those of the people you love.    When this illness is left untreated, it can get worse and may lead to suicidal thoughts.

There are two phases of bipolar disorder – manic and depressive.  During the manic phase, you may notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme optimism
  • Euphoria
  • Poor judgment
  • Aggressiveness
  • Distracted easily
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Rise in physical activity

The depressive phase is on the other side of the spectrum when it comes to behavior and feelings.  The symptoms include:

  • Sadness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Guilt
  • Fatigue
  • Hopelessness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Irritability

The exact cause of bipolar disorder is not known.  However, some factors have been identified that are believed to trigger bipolar symptoms, such as biochemical, genes and environment.  There are also risk factors that can increase your chances of developing this condition.  These risk factors include a family history of this illness, high stress, drug abuse and significant life changes.

If you believe that you could be suffering from bipolar disorder, you need to seek medical assistance right away.  Bipolar disorder can be treated so that you can live a normal life.

You may be able to obtain disability benefits if you find yourself unable to work.  The Law Firm of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. can help with the process of obtaining disability insurance benefits. Contact us today at (305) 461-1095 or (866) 71-CLAIM for more information.