Govt Disability Qualifications

[depression, bipolar disorder, manic episodes]

12.04 Affective Disorders:

Characterized by a disturbance of mood, accompanied by a full or partial manic or depressive syndrome. Mood refers to a prolonged emotion that colors the whole psychic life; it generally involves either depression or elation.

The required level of severity for these disorders is met when the requirements in both A and B are satisfied.

A. Medically documented persistence, either continuous or intermittent, of one of the following:

1. Depressive syndrome characterized by at least four of the following:

Anhedonia or pervasive loss of interest in almost all activities; or

Appetite disturbance with change in weight; or

Sleep disturbance; or

Psychomotor agitation or retardation; or

Decreased energy; or

Feelings of guilt or worthlessness; or

Difficulty concentrating or thinking; or

Thoughts of suicide; or

Hallucinations, delusions or paranoid thinking; or

2. Manic syndrome characterized by at least three of the following:

Hyperactivity; or

Pressure of speech; or

Flight of ideas; or

Inflated self-esteem; or

Decreased need for sleep; or

Easy distractability; or

Involvement in activities that have a high probability of painful consequences which are not recognized; or

Hallucinations, delusions or paranoid thinking;
or:

3. Bipolar syndrome with a history of episodic periods manifested by the full symptomatic picture of both manic and depressive syndromes (and currently characterized by either or both syndromes);
AND

B. Resulting in at least two of the following:

Marked restriction of activities of daily living <ssactive.htm>; or

Marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; or

Deficiencies of concentration, persistence or pace resulting in frequent failure to complete tasks in a timely manner (in work settings or elsewhere); or

Repeated episodes of deterioration or decompensation in work or work-like settings which cause the individual to withdraw from that situation or to experience exacerbation of signs and symptoms (which may include deterioration of adaptive behaviors).

OR

C. Medically documented history of a chronic affective disorder of at least 2 years' duration that has caused more than a minimal limitation of ability to do basic work activities, with symptoms or signs currently attenuated by medication or psychosocial support, and one of the following:

1. Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration; or

2. Residual disease process that has resulted in such marginal adjustment that even a minimal increase in mental demands or change in the environment would be predicted to cause the individual to decompensation; or

3. Current history of 1 or more years' inability to function outside a highly supportive living arrangement, with an indication of continued need for such an arrangement.

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