Depression & Bipolar Disorder
Provo, Utah, Lawyer — Disability Benefits for Mental Health Matters
When depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety limit your life and prevent you from working, there is hope. Social Security Disability and SSI benefits provide the support you need for daily living expenses. As an experienced Utah attorney — E. Craig McAllister — I can help you receive these benefits, whether you are just thinking of applying or have already been denied.
When clients visit my Orem, Utah, law office, I work personally with them, guiding them through the SSDI and SSI system. I often explain that the Social Security Administration looks at certain characteristics of affective disorders when deciding whether or not a person should receive SSDI or SSI benefits for his or her bipolar or depression claim.
What is Social Security looking for regarding Depression and Bipolar Disorders?
Social Security is looking for the following symptoms in the medical record for determination that a person has Depression:
Paranoid thinking, delusions, hallucinations, difficulty concentrating or thinking, decreased energy, sleep disturbance, loss of interest in almost all activities, appetite disturbance with change in weight, speeding up or slowing down movements, thoughts of suicide, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
With regard to Manic Disorders which, with Depression, make up a Bipolar Disorder, Social Security is looking for the following:
Delusions, hallucinations, paranoid thinking, hyperactivity, poor judgment regarding consequences of actions, agitated speech patterns, easy distractibility, ideas that are "in the clouds," decreased need for sleep, and inflated self-esteem.
In addition to the above, Social Security is looking in the medical records for how seriously the above problems interfere with your activities of daily living, social functioning, and concentration, persistence and pace.
For more information about what Social Security is looking for in Depression and Bi-polar disorders go here.
Recent Victories for depression and bipolar disorders
Some clients for whom I have won benefits for depression and/or bipolar disorders:
When you call my law office, you will speak with me — not a secretary, paralegal or a junior lawyer. I talk personally with clients about their SSDI and SSI claims. I make sure that clients get the help they deserve with the Social Security Disability or SSI benefits they need. For a free initial consultation, contact me toll-free at (866) 520-0222 to talk about your bipolar, depression or other mental health claim.