Bipolar disorder is a psychological condition that impacts millions of people in the USA. 1 in 40 American adults suffers from this condition, and each individual case is unique. Yet, there are also some shared symptoms that can make work life difficult for virtually any bipolar patient.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) categorizes bipolar disorder as a disability that can impact an individual’s ability to work. Outlined below are some of the more common symptoms of bipolar disorder that can make work life difficult.
Significant levels of fatigue
Bipolar disorder can result in symptoms that are associated with severe depression. An individual may feel extreme fatigue and have a lack of interest in doing anything that they typically enjoy doing. These symptoms can make getting into work almost impossible at times.
Some job roles require very high levels of concentration. This is something that people with bipolar disorder are not always able to offer. In some roles, such as jobs that require the worker to use heavy machinery, it may be dangerous for the worker to continue in their role during periods of particular difficulty.
Symptoms of psychosis
In the most severe cases of bipolar disorder, an individual may go through a period of psychosis. This can include hallucinations and severe paranoia. When facing a period of psychosis, it is unrealistic to expect that individual to work.
Mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder are considered disabling conditions by the SSA. If you are suffering from bipolar or another serious mental health condition, then you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits while you are unable to work. Seek legal guidance to find out more about your options.