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Who Pays Your Bills?

Several years ago, when my wife was recovering from a major manic episode, she turned over the task of paying our bills and managing the checkbook to me.

We were just looking for ways I could help, and that was an easy one. The other day, however, I came across an article by Ginnie Graham published on the Tulsa World website entitled "
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Social Security Disability Claim Denied? Hire A Lawyer

If you think you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, consider taking the following steps to pursue a claim:

See a doctor for your condition if you have not done so already. Without documented medical evidence, you have little chance to qualify as disabled.
Apply for disability at your local Social Security Administration office or apply online. If you're currently unable to do it yourself, get a close friend or relative to assist you. This should take about three to four hours.
If you're denied, contact an attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability benefits.

Do you qualify as disabled?
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Social Security and Disability Resource Center

One of our readers recommended that we include a link to the Social Security and Disability Resource Center. We checked it out, and it seems to contain some valuable content. Here’s a description of the site from our reader:
The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website provides answers to questions concerning how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event...
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Can Pets Help with Bipolar Disorder?

We have three cats. Since our dog passed away several years ago, I’ve been the one holdout in the family in our decision to get another dog. I like the freedom of being able to take off for a couple days without having to figure out "what to do about the dog." Besides, bringing a clueless dog into a house with three crafty, conceited cats seems to me to be borderline animal cruelty.
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Back to Work with Bipolar Disorder: Part II

In Part I of this series, I highlighted the challenge of returning to work with bipolar disorder and provided some practical advice on how to smooth the transition back to work after experiencing a major mood episode. In this second part of the series, I provide some more in-depth information and recommendations on obtaining additional assistance with your back-to-work efforts:
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Bipolar Disorder Q&A: Does having bipolar qualify me for disability in the law enforcement profession?

Steve Asks...
As a police officer diagnosed with bipolar illness two years ago, and due to a recent episode that resulted in hospitalization, I am currently on sick leave. I will be applying for disability with their blessing. The question is whether police work in general, and working nights for many years will be qualifying for a disability. I hope to find a less stressful career but after many years on the force, what, I don’t know. Anyone? Has anyone had the same diagnosis in a similar profession?
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