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Category: Illnesses

Long Term Disability Claim Tips for Bipolar Disorder

Illnesses Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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.

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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome | Long Term Disability Claim Tips

Chronic fatigue syndrome Illnesses Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (“SEID”), is a debilitating, often misunderstood disease.  It is generally characterized by severe, overwhelming fatigue that does not improve with rest, and post-exertional malaise – or the inability to recover normally from even minimal physical or cognitive exertion.  Individuals with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis also experience general weakness, cognitive problems, unrefreshing sleep, muscle or joint pain and flu-like symptoms.  Unfortunately, there is no known treatment to cure this disease. 

Knowing how to substantiate your claim (e.g., through medical evidence, proof of treatment, etc.) will help increase your chances of approval.  Here’s what you need to know before filing your long term disability claim for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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Ménière's Disease | Long Term Disability Claim Tips

Benefits Illnesses Proof Meniere's Disease

Ménière's Disease (also called endolymphatic hydrops) is a serious vestibular disorder that can significantly impact balance and hearing.  Individuals with Ménière's Disease may experience episodic vertigo, balance issues, headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing loss.  The symptoms can be exhausting and disorienting, often resulting in long term disability.  Unfortunately, there is no known cure.  Here’s what you need to know before filing your long term disability claim for Ménière's Disease.

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Acoustic Neuroma | Long Term Disability Claim Tips

Tinnitus Illnesses Hearing Impairment Acoustic Neuroma

 Acoustic neuroma (also known as vestibular schwannoma) is a benign tumor found on the vestibular nerve, which leads to your brain from your inner ear.   Since the vestibular nerve helps control your balance and hearing, the pressure caused by an acoustic neuroma can cause significant hearing loss, ringing (tinnitus), dizziness, balance issues, and long term disability.  Here’s what you need to know before filing your long term disability claim for an acoustic neuroma.

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Lyme Disease | Long Term Disability Claim Tips

Illnesses Lyme Disease

This article will address several issues you need to think about before filing your long term disability claim for Lyme disease.

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