Bipolar disorder is a mental condition that can cause a person’s mood to be uncontrollable. The mood shifts for a person with bipolar are extreme. The disorder affects more people in Pennsylvania and across the country than one might think. In fact, more than 2.5 percent of individuals in the United States suffer from the mental illness, some of whom may need to apply for disability benefits in the event their illnesses prevent them from working.
As if the suffering wasn’t enough, individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder may have to endure more migraines than the general population. According to a new study, there is a link between bipolar disorder and migraines. Moreover, those who experienced terrible migraines were at risk for further health issues, such as psychosocial functioning.
The study consisted of 412 participants, all of whom had been diagnosed as being bipolar. In this group, over 30 percent of them had migraines. However, in a healthy group of an unknown number of participants, only six percent experienced migraines. Women were more likely to suffer from a migraine than men, according to the results of the study.
The woman who led this study intends to create a dietary program, which she believes may reduce the suffering of migraines. Fatty acid intake would be one of the changes in a person’s diet. However, she didn’t provide any further details.
When a person in Pennsylvania has bipolar disorder and suffers from erratic mood swings, it can be difficult to hold down a steady job. It isn’t uncommon for patients with a serious illness to be unable to work, which is why it is one of the eligible illnesses for Social Security Disability benefits. Unfortunately, when not equipped with the proper information, one may be denied benefits. Therefore, it is important that one becomes familiar with the SSDI process and what is expected on the application in order to avoid a denial of benefits.
Source: philly.com, “Check Up: Study suggests link between migraines, bipolar disorder“, Stacey Burling, May 11, 2014