Can I Get Disability Benefits for Bipolar Disorder?
If you have bipolar disorder, Social Security disability benefits may be available. To determine whether you are disabled by your bipolar disorder, the Social Security Administration first considers whether the disorder is severe enough to meet or equal a listing at Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process. See How to Get Disability Benefits for Bipolar Disorder by Meeting a Listing. If you meet or equal a listing because of bipolar disorder, you are considered disabled. If your bipolar disorder is not severe enough to equal or meet a listing, the Social Security Administration must assess your residual functional capacity (RFC) (the work you can still do, despite your bipolar disorder), to determine whether you qualify for disability benefits at Step 4 and Step 5 of the Sequential Evaluation Process. See Residual Functional Capacity Assessment for Bipolar Disorder.