It has been described as a roller coaster ride. Its vacillating highs and lows have been depicted as contrasting episodes marked by euphoric upsides and sometimes overwhelming hopelessness.

In fact, bipolar disorder is a serious medical condition that affects people in myriad ways that defy a common description.

This much is certain, though, regarding a condition that reportedly challenges well more than two million Americans: Bipolar disorder is often debilitating in a major way, with symptoms that are both multiple and long lasting.

The Mayo Clinic does not mince words in its assessment of bipolar disorder. It stresses that the disorder “causes extreme mood swings” and “is a lifelong condition.”

Bipolar disorder can often be sufficiently managed with proper treatment and follow-up over the long term.   But, when bipolar disorder is or becomes unmanageable, individuals with the condition often qualify for long-term disability benefits.

Some basic background on bipolar disorder

The alternating mood swings linked with bipolar disorder are commonly termed mania and depression. The former entails many symptoms that range broadly from increased activity and agitated arousal to a heightened sense of self-confidence and rash decision-making. Conversely, a depressive episode is commonly marked by symptoms such as apathy, listlessness, fatigue, lapsed concentration and negative thoughts.

Responding to employer/insurer denials of disability benefits

Reams of incontrovertible evidence underscores the challenges of bipolar disorder and the need for many persons dealing with it to secure long-term disability benefits.

Employers and insurance companies sometimes push back against claims. When they do, a proven ERISA attorney can provide candid guidance and diligent representation aimed at securing optimal results for a disability claimant.