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The Social Security Administration Uses a Process Called Sequential Evaluation to Determine who Receives Benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bipolar Disorder and Social Security Disability

Here is an explanation of Social Security's five-step process to determine if bipolar disorder qualifies for Social Security Disability Income:

STEP ONE simply determines if an individual is "working (engaging in substantial gainful activity)" according to the SSA definition. Earning more than $810 a month as an employee is enough to be disqualified from receiving Social Security disability benefits.

STEP TWO implies that the bipolar disorder disability must be severe enough to significantly limit one’s ability to perform basic work activities needed to do most jobs. For example:

  • walking, standing, sitting, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, carrying or handling
  • seeing, hearing and speaking
  • understanding/carrying out and remembering simple instructions
    use of judgment
  • responding appropriately to supervision, co-workers and usual work situations
  • dealing with changes in a routine work setting

STEP THREE asks if the bipolar disability meets or equals a medical listing. Bipolar is listed under mental disorders. To satisfy the listing criteria for bipolar disorder a number of variables are considered:

  • anhedonia
  • appetite disturbance
  • sleep disturbance
  • psychomotor agitation or retardation
  • decreased energy
  • feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • difficulty concentrating or thinking
  • thoughts of suicide and hallucinations
  • delusions or paranoid thinking

In assessing bipolar disability relative to a listing level impairment, the following areas of functioning are evaluated:

  • Restrictions of activities of daily living
  • Maintaining social functioning
  • Deficiencies of concentration
  • Persistence or pace
  • Repeated episodes of decompensation--each of extended duration.

An individual who has four symptoms present from the depressive syndrome list, as well as extreme limitation two of the four functional areas, would probably be eligible for benefits.

STEP FOUR explores the ability of an individual to perform work he has done in the past despite his bipolar disorder disability. If SSA finds that a person can do his past work, benefits are denied. If the

 person cannot, then the process proceeds to the fifth and final step.

STEP FIVE looks at age, education, work experience and physical/mental condition to determine what

 other work, if any, the person can perform. To determine disability, SSA enlists vocational rules, which vary according to age.

For example, if a person is:

Under age 50 and, as a result of the symptoms of bipolar disorder, unable to perform what SSA calls sedentary work, then SSA will reach a determination of disabled. Sedentary work requires the ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds at a time, sit six hours and occasionally walk and stand two hours per eight-hour day.

Age 50 or older and, due to his bipolar disorder disability, limited to performing sedentary work but has no work-related skills that allow him to do so, SSA will reach a determination of disabled.

Over age 60 and, due to his bipolar disorder disability unable to perform any of the jobs he performed in the last 15 years, SSA will likely reach a determination of disabled.

Any age and, because of bipolar disorder, has a psychological impairment that prevents even simple, unskilled work, SSA will reach a determination of disabled.

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Dr. Mike Shery is a licensed clinical psychologist and is affiliated with almost all health plans, including:  ValueOptions, Medicare, Cigna, Cigna Behavioral Health, United Health Care, Aetna, First Health, Healthstar, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, ComPsych, Magellan Health, HFN, Tricare, Humana, most union local plans, most school district plans, Unicare, ChoiceCare, CAPP, Multiplan, Mental Health Network, Managed Health Network, United Behavioral Health, PPONext, Private Health Care Systems, Humana-Military and Beech Street .

He has practiced clinical psychology for approximately 24 years and is board certified as a specialist in professional counseling by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is the director of Affiliated Counseling and Referral Services and is a member of the American Counseling Association.

The office is located in Cary, IL and in select cases phone consultations are available for those who don’t live locally> Telephone Counseling.

To make an appointment> New Patient Registration or to learn more about the psychological services he providescall him at 1-847-275-8236 (24 Hrs).

 

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