Manic Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Anyone who suffers from or has a loved one diagnosed with depression, manic depression or bipolar disorder knows that the symptoms can be disabling. Suffering from manic depression means more than subtle mood swings. Chemical imbalances in the brain can leave sufferers enduring severe high and low moods, from mania to severe depression. At the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, Esq., we are experienced in helping those diagnosed with manic depression and their families collect Social Security disability benefits.

Historically, many mental health disorders were left untreated and undiagnosed. With developments in science and a better understanding of cognitive abilities and functions, doctors are better able to identify and diagnose severe mental conditions, including manic depression and bipolar disorder. Mood swings can be short lived or can last for weeks or even months, disrupting everyday routines, stable relationships and the pursuit of employment. Our attorneys can help you pursue the benefits you may be eligible for through Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. Manic depression or bipolar disorder is characterized by: manic episodes, severe mood swings, severe depression, insomnia and sleep deprivation, fatigue, suicidal tendencies, inability to concentrate, euphoria, the need to compulsively shop or spend money, extreme optimism or inflated self-esteem, poor judgment and rapid speech.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a mental disorder, it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Without treatment, your condition may worsen and serious side effects such as suicidal tendencies may increase. Seeking treatment also creates a medical history of your illness that will be useful to prove your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. Writing in a journal or using a calendar to document episodes of mania or depression is also helpful.

For more information or to schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation with a trusted SSDI and SSI lawyer serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the surrounding region, please contact us online or call (215) 886-0398.