Bipolar disorder is a serious illness believed to be caused by an organic disorder or imbalance in the brain. It causes extreme mood changes from euphoria/mania to depression. During the depressive phase of bipolar disorder, you may experience hopelessness, sadness, loss of energy, and thoughts of suicide. During the euphoric or manic phase, you may experience inflated self-confidence, high energy levels, a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and impulsiveness (e.g., engaging in risky behaviors).
The fluctuating symptoms of bipolar disorder may lead to serious difficulties in functioning and problems with personal relationships – making it difficult to hold down a job. Here’s what you need to know before filing your bipolar disorder long term disability claim.