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Legal Issues of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

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Supplemental Social Security Income

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) offers social security benefits for eligible children. Disabled children who have limited income and resources, or who come from homes with limited income and resources, may be eligible to receive social security, or specifically, Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Children can qualify if they meet SSA's definition of disability and if their income and assets fall within eligibility limits.

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Chat with Matt Cohen, J.D.

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Chat with Lizzie Simon, Author of Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D

Lizzie Simon is the author of Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D. Lizzie has appeared on CNN, Fox, NBC, NPR, the New York PostThe Saturday Evening Post, and Nylon Magazine. She has traveled the country to speak to wide-ranging audiences about mental health. Lizzie also co-produced the MTV documentary “True Life: I'm Bipolar”, and has written mental health pieces forTimeCosmoGirl, and bp Magazine. She is a founding member of the Leadership 21 Committee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.               

Nanci - The Balanced Mind Parent Network   
Could you start out by talking a little about your book and what it meant to you to research and write it? 

Lizzie Simon
Sure. When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder there weren't a lot of role models and there weren't books from the point of view of a young person with dreams who wants to know she'll be able to achieve her dreams, even after everything she's been through with bp. I knew if I just told the truth, my truth, that other people would relate and feel more comfortable with their truths. 

Lizzie, My daughter, 15 was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in July. She entered an RTC (residential treatment center) a few weeks ago. The stabilization process seems to be taking a very long time. Any suggestions? 

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Transitioning from Teen To Adult

by Donna Gilcher
adapted for
Flipswitch by Sara Hunter

Teenagers with bipolar disorder face many challenges as they transition from childhood to adulthood. You must begin planning for life after high school, careers, and independent life long before your 18th birthday or high school graduation. Life after high school can create a greater need for emotional support and social structure and it can be hard to find that support in a college setting or at home.

With that thought in mind, It may be a good idea to investigate transitional programs aimed at individuals with disabilities between the ages of 18-24. These programs can offer a helpful stepping-stone that provides structure and support while nurturing one’s need for independence. They also provide opportunities for development of employability, independent living, and social skills while strengthening awareness of living with bipolar disorder.

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