What are some government disability benefits for bipolar disorder?

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Ruth White, MPH
Social Work
Maybe you're unable to work because of your bipolar disorder and want to apply for disability benefits. The U.S. Social Security Administration provides two benefits for the mentally ill: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for people who are poor, disabled, and unable to work, and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for people who are poor, disabled, and unable to work but have worked in the past or whose parents worked and contributed into the system.
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