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Can Someone with Bipolar Disorder Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Yes, depending on the severity and other factors, Social Security disability benefits may be awarded to someone who is disabled due to Bipolar Disorder. Known more commonly in the past as Manic Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder is a psychiatric illness characterized by periods of extreme euphoria followed by bouts of...

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Will My Age Be a Factor in Determining My Social Security Disability Claim?

Yes. Our society places great emphasis on the appearance and attributes of youth. However, when it comes to determining a Social Security Disability claim, youth can be a disadvantage. The younger you are, the more difficulty you may have in being approved for Social Security Disability benefits. Your age, in...

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What happens if I am able to return to work before my Social Security Disability claim is determined?

The Social Security disability process can be very lengthy, sometimes taking three (3) years or more for a final decision to be made. Most claimants have to make an initial application, a Reconsideration appeal, and go through an Administrative Law Judge hearing before receiving a favorable decision. Due to the...

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When will my Social Security Disability benefits become effective?

When your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is approved, your entitlement to receive disability payments will begin as of the fifth full month that the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines that your disability began. You are not entitled to receive disability benefits during this five (5) month waiting...

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Can my Social Security Disability benefits be garnished or seized to pay my debts?

In most situations involving non-governmental creditors, the answer is NO. Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement pensions, Veterans Benefits, and other types of federal benefits are all exempt from the collection efforts of most creditors such as mortgage lenders, auto loans, and credit card companies. Section 207 of...

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How does the Social Security Administration determine if I am disabled?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider you disabled if: (i) you have a medical condition (physical, mental, and/or psychological) that renders you unable to perform any of your past jobs, (ii) you cannot adjust to other work due to your medical condition including any job in the USA (regardless...

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How long will it take to start receiving Social Security Disability payments?

The period of time it takes for you to start receiving your Social Security Disability payments will depend on whether your initial application for benefits is approved or denied. After you file your initial application for Social Security Disability, it usually takes three (3) to (5) months for the Disability...

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