Jeff Baker, BSBA-IT,   Bipolar Aid,  Bella Vista, AR 72715  USA


7-Step Do-It-Yourself Disability Claim


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Even when a disabled bipolar patient complies with his or her treatment plan, some symptoms may still be difficult to manage and may even prevent performance of even the simplest tasks. We've all seen the ads on TV for legal services to help people with bipolar disabilities obtain federal Social Security disability awards. They misrepresent the process as being as complex as brain surgery. It is not. Since bipolar disorder is both a permanent disease and its resulting disabilities already happen to be the fourth-highest reason for disability awards, it pays to know how to negotiate the ins and outs (You don't have to worry about the details of the Social Security Disability Act to obtain assistance).

Law firms typically skim 25% - 50% of a disabled person's back pay plus medical record handling and associated one-time fees of up to $500. This practice hurts those suffering disabilities who either live on little or who will live on little in spite of the fact it can easily be accomplished with this FREE INFO!

The simple truth is, a Bipolar or chronically depressed person who is disabled by the disease can apply for and receive a disability award by himself or herself without receiving third-party help: Gather all needed information and fill out the forms, using 8th-grade English or below—use simple vocabulary and short, declarative sentences to tell your story. Otherwise, your application may either confuse or be rejected by the initial government application screeners and gatekeepers.



Most bipolar-I patients easily meet the Social Security criteria:

  • You cannot do the work you did before

  • Your medical condition is severe (83% of bipolar disorder cases are severe)

  • Your medical condition prevents you from adjusting to other work

  • Your disability has either lasted, or is expected to last more than a year, or will result in death



Here is the claim process.    

You can save time and money using the steps below: Apply online from your home or local library rather than repeatedly traveling to and from your nearest Social Security Office. Based upon your application information and your doctor's responses to a state medical board's questions, your disability request will be granted or declined. You may appeal declinations. Many times it will require more than one claim application before your disability request is granted. Re-apply after the designated waiting period if your initial disability request is turned down.

  • You may wish to browse through the well-organized Social Security website before proceeding with your disabilty application

 This Social Security disability process may require several months, so please be patient--it's a virtue.

If you are uncomfortable applying in the above fashion, purchase:

Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability for a more detailed approach...



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"If you find yourself in Northwest Arkansas, I invite you to visit our peer-led, non-sectarian Bipolar Support Group that I facilitate from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST/CDT every Thursday at Forest Hills Church, 1702 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715, USA. Please use the rear entrance. We are located directly across from Subway sandwich shop."


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Here are referrals for Northwest Arkansas' best Mental Health Care providers:

 William E. McCollum, M.D., Psychiatry & Neurology                                                201 N. 36th St., Rogers, AR 72756                                                                              (479) 621-8600 

 Stephen Dollins, M.D., Psychiatry                                                                             324 N. 2nd St., Rogers, AR 72756                                                                               (479) 633-8000

 Ester Salvador, M.D., Psychiatry
 Ozark Guidance 2400 S 48th St.
 Springdale, AR 72762
 (479) 750-2020           

 Margorie M. Renfrow, M.D., Holistic Geriatric Medicine                                        1801 Forest Hills Blvd., Suite 131                                                                                Bella Vista, AR 72716                                                                                                     (479) 876-6566


Jim Graham, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Owner/Pharmacist                                           1 Mercy Way, Suite 50, Bella Vista, AR 72714                                                         (479) 876-6200      

 Amy M. Adams, Ph.D., Psychology, Counselor/Therapist                                        1753 N. College Ave. Suite 100                                                                                    Fayetteville, AR 72703                                                                                                (479) 437-9916

 Sarah Downing, PsyD, Psychology, Therapy                                                              1 West Sunbridge Drive                                                                                                Fayetteville AR 72703                                                                                                  (479) 385-0800 

Laura Levine, MA, LPC, Counselor/Therapist                                                           905 SE 28th Street #9                                                                                               Bentonville AR 72712                                                                                                   (479) 668-3995

Stephanie Valek, Counselor
615 N. Walton Blvd. Suite B
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 549-2393

Jeff Baker, BSBA-IT,   Bipolar Aid,  Bella Vista, AR 72715  USA




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