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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:

A 43 year old former housekeeper and labeler who could no longer work because of depression, panic disorder, ADHD, borderline intellectual functioning, and severe occupational and social impairments.
 
In June 2014
 
A 43 year old former housekeeper and labeler who could no longer work because of depression, panic attacks, ADHD, borderline intellectual functioning, and other problems.
 
A 51 year old former university career and academic student counselor, state rehabilitation department case manager and employment counselor, and HR manager who could no longer work because of depression,and other problems.
 
In March 2014
 
A 55 year old former sales/marketer, teacher, social worker, and community server who could no longer work because of depression and other problems.
 
A 43 year old former telephone surveyor, convenience store cashier, and retail sales clerk who could no longer work because of depression and other problems.
 
In January 2014
 
A 36 year old former housekeeper, office aide/bookkeeper, receptionist, day care worker, retail manager, and cashier who could no longer work because of depression and borderline personality disorder..
 
A 53 year old former software engineer who could no longer work because of bipolar disorder.
 
A 41 year old former assembly line worker, store supervisor, cashier, living assistant, and fast food worker who could no longer work because of  depression and other problems.
 
In December 2013
 
A 60 year old former chemist who could no longer work because of  depression, bipolar disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders.
 
A 34 year old former tech supporter and pre-school teacher who could no longer work because of depression and other problems.
 
A 24 year old former cashier and caregiver who could no longer work because of depression,and other problems.
 
November 2013
 
A 58 year old former accounts receivable clerk who could no longer work because of depression and other problems.
 
A 34 year old college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in genetics and biotechnology who has never been able to work because of depression and other problems.
 
A 36 year old former motel housekeeper, office aide, bookkeeper, receptionist, day care worker, retail manager, and cashier who could no longer work because of depression and other problems.
 
October 2013
 
A 46 year old  former carpenter, chef and retail salesperson who could no longer work because of depression, anxiety and other problems.
 
Talk with Me about Your Social Security Disability Benefits

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.