In 2023, there were 53,594 PIP claimants with bipolar disorder listed as their main disabling condition. This makes it the thirteenth most common condition to get an award of PIP for out of over 500 conditions listed by the DWP.

So, if you have bipolar disorder and it affects your daily living activities, such as cooking, washing, dressing or mixing with other people or your ability to get around, you should definitely consider making a claim.

Success rates

The success rate for PIP claims for bipolar disorder is 61%, compared to an overall average of 53%.  So you have a better than average chance of getting an award for bipolar disorder.

Award rates

26% of PIP claimants with bipolar disorder, get the enhanced rate of both the daily living and the mobility component. 

Daily living awards
Enhanced daily living 59%

Standard daily living 40%

No daily living 1%

Mobility awards
Enhanced mobility 30%

Standard mobility 29%

No mobility 41%

99% of claimants with bipolar disorder who get an award get the daily living component, compared to 59% who get the mobility component.

Age range

The ages of those currently in receipt of PIP for bipolar disorder are:

  • 16-29 years  8%
  • 30-49 years  45%
  • 50-64 years  37%
  • 65 and over  10%

PIP rates

The rates of PIP from April 2024 are:

Daily Living component
Standard rate: £72.65
Enhanced rate: £108.55

Mobility component
Standard rate: £28.70
Enhanced rate: £75.75

 So, an award of the enhanced rate of PIP for both components means an extra £184.30 a week. 

PIP  is paid on top of almost every other benefit and may lead to an increase in some benefits or entitlement to additional benefits.

The enhanced rate of the mobility component also gives access to the Motability scheme.

Learn more or take the test

You can read more about claiming PIP for bipolar disorder or take our simple online test now to find out if you might be able to make a claim for PIP.

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How you qualify for PIP

This information applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland – Scotland has a separate system.  You need to be aged at least 18 before you can receive PIP and you need to start your claim before you reach state pension age.

The best way to decide whether you might be eligible for PIP is to look through this list of PIP activities and think about the ways that your condition affects your ability to carry them out.  You are awarded points according to the level of difficulty you have with each of these activities, with sufficient points leading to an award of PIP.

Daily living activities
There are 10 daily living activities:

  • Preparing food
  • Taking nutrition
  • Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition
  • Washing and bathing
  • Managing toilet needs or incontinence
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Communicating verbally
  • Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words
  • Engaging with other people face-to-face
  • Making budgeting decisions

Mobility activities
There are two mobility activities:

  • Planning and following journeys
  • Moving around

Remember that you need to be able to complete the activities

  • to a reasonable standard,
  • safely,
  • repeatedly
  • taking no more than twice as long as it would take a person without a health condition.

PIP points for bipolar disorder

Below are some examples of the issues that you might have because of bipolar disorder that may lead to PIP points.  Do remember, that if you have other conditions, you can take those into account too.

You may need prompting to cook a meal because of fatigue and loss of interest in caring for yourself during depressive episodes.

During manic episode you may be too easily distracted to cook a meal without supervision.

You may experience a loss of appetite or be unable to motivate yourself to eat during depressive episodes, leading to marked weight loss unless someone prompts you to eat.

You may decide not to take your medication during manic episodes because you believe you no longer need to. 

During depressive periods you may have difficulty remembering to take your medication and so need prompting or to use an aid, such as a dosette box.

You may be too distracted to remember to wash and bathe or you may not be able to motivate yourself to do so, and so require prompting or supervision.

During depressive episodes you may experience feelings of worthlessness that make it very hard for you to mix with other people without either prompting or social support.

During manic episodes you may make rash decisions about how to manage your money.

 During manic episodes you may dress inappropriately, whilst in depressives phases you may not ensure that you are wearing clean clothes or you may sleep in your clothes.  So you may need prompting or assistance in connection with dressing and undressing.

During depressive episodes you may experience feelings of worthlessness that make it very hard for you to mix with other people without either prompting or social support.  You may also experience delusions or paranoia which make mixing with other people to frightening without support.

You may find the thought of following a journey causes overwhelming anxiety so that you need encouragement to set out.  Or you may experience panic attacks on unfamiliar routes which mean that you need someone with you to help you complete your journey safely.

How to claim PIP

Claiming PIP isn't easy. And getting the correct award is even harder.

But there are things you can do to greatly increase your chances of getting the right result.

One of them is to use our highly detailed, step-by-step Guide to PIP claims and reviews, which will support you through every stage of the system.

Because filling in the 37 page PIP2 ‘How your disability affects you’ form in as much detail as possible is vital.

It not only means you are giving accurate and consistent evidence from the outset, it also improves your chances of overturning an unfair decision if you have to go to appeal.  

Our guide takes you through the PIP2 form, box-by-box, explaining the kind of information you need to put in each one.

Being fully prepared for an assessment is vital too. Knowing what questions you are likely to be asked and what unspoken assumptions may be made based on your answers, unless you deal with them, can make all the difference.  Our guide will ensure you are as ready as you possibly can be.

And because we’ve been supporting claimants for 20 years and have a community of thousands of members who keep us updated with their experiences, we can make sure you are prepared for any unfair tactics the DWP might employ.

And we have guides to every other part of your PIP claim too, from mandatory reconsideration, to appeal to review.  Plus a forum where you can ask questions, regular news items and more.

So, whether you’ve tried claiming PIP before and been unsuccessful, or you’ve never had any experience of the benefits system, join the Benefits and Work community to give yourself the best possible chance of getting the right award.

Even if you are not ready to subscribe to the site yet, you can download our guide to ‘The First Steps To PIP Success’ for free and also join the 120,000 people who subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter.

Finally, if you have claimed PIP for bipolar disorder, please share your experience - good or bad - with readers in the comments section below.

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    Beatrice Nasimiyu · 21 days ago
    I have a child who has the condition how can I get help. 
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    K · 5 months ago
    I urge those who get rejected to go through the process of mandatory reconsideration, then simply reapply if you get rejected on appeal.

    It took me two attempts. First attempt, I somehow got no award whatsoever, yet on the second attempt I got awarded at the higher rate.

    They deliberately try to dissuade you from getting the support you need by rejecting you.
    Their job is to ensure the minimum number of awards possible are handed out, as a cost saving exercise at the cost of your mental health 

    It is an abysmal system.

    I believe that doctors/consultants should have the ability to fast track a pip award if they believe it to be needed.

    The manual application process should only be reserved for people who can't or won't get a referral from a medical professional.
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    Chris77 · 7 months ago
    Never had problems with DLA when changed over to PIPS ,ATOS I got refused and they said my Bipolar Disorder was a lifestyle choice. DWP overturned that decision after a very lengthy process. I also used to get high rate of mobility having Enlarged Heart, Obesity, Asthma, Anxiety, Bad Back etc. Had renewal which took 18 months and got low and high rate still paid. During review they downgraded my 
    Mobility to Standard. Like a lot of people I did not appeal this time. But now have put in for a late APPEAL awaiting to here back. 
    I went to a EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL many years ago and IT WAS NOT AS BAD as dealing with the DWP I would encourage others to go to appeal if there entitled to mental health or physical problems. The DWP clearly is counting on us not going to appeal. I actually am going to the appeal this time as I believe I am entitled to enhanced rates. The Stress comes from FEAR itself from DWP am thinking of it now as a positive step and its not the DWP that makes the final decision which is good. ONLY HAD MANDATORY REVIEW now going to appeal. 
    1/ MANGING MONEY ...BAFFLING was them awarding me 2 points for been able to manage my money. During a Manic Episode I bought a £43,000 car 
    3/ Managing Journeys.....again I think I should get more points for this as I cannot go to unfamiliar Place unless accompanied by someone
    so cannot just put address in sat nav and just drive somewhere new as I would be overwhelmed by anxiety. 

    Hope this helps the Forum and readers in my own situation. I am now looking at a Tribunal as a positive step.
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    X · 8 months ago
    I applied on  1 December 2019 with bipolar, OCD, GAD, SAD and migraines. Provided a lot of medical evidence.

    I wasn't assessed until June 2020 and scored zero points after the phone interview.

    I didn't appeal as I found it too depressing.
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      Tania · 8 months ago
      @X It is distressing the whole process. I had my review - it was enhanced for both before- but they dropped mobility to standard.
      I made a mandatory request - still no change award to 2025.

      I did an appeal, and I got both enhanced and, unexpectedly, an ongoing award with contact in 10 years. The DWP decided before a hearing.  When they were due to respond with their evidence....

      I have to say I went through a lot of stress and Lorazepam.  But it is a relief.

      They know people generally don't take it as far as the appeal because of stress/mental health harm.

      The phone interviews are sneaky they try to prompt you to give scores as low as possible.


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    Diane · 8 months ago
    Although I have successfully claimed standard rate PIP since my Type 1 diagnosis at 48, I have always found it difficult to accurately describe how my  condition affects me.  The questions are narrow and rigid, which is at odds with the very changeable and mercurial nature of Bipolar Disorder.  It is hard to fully convey the nuances of a condition that heavily affects ones moods and emotions, and I usually have to write an essay to further explain how it affects my day to day life.  The form is long and difficult to complete; that is made harder when ones mood is anything other than stable.  I am now in my 60s and physical health issues are causing more problems, making it even more difficult to explain, not least of all how my physical issues exacerbate my mental health problems.  I filled in my latest assessment form in June - still not heard anything from them over 4 months later.  
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    Lin · 8 months ago
    I was only given standard care for my bipolar disorder for 10 years even though I struggle so very much with it. On renewal i was awarded high on both components. I was so shocked I couldn’t believe it. I was awarded for 3 years. I’m hoping to get longer on my review as I have struggled for many many years with it and I’m on a lot of medication that affects me. 
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      Diane · 8 months ago
      @Lin Yes, sometimes the medications are a problem in themselves.  My Psychiatrist recently increased my dosage and although it has improved my depression, I feel like a zombie most of the time!
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    N Nicholls · 8 months ago
    Hi. When I was diagnosed with Bipolar and we added that to my PIP form (already on PIP as im disabled from CES spinal cord injury) they actually dropped points OFF of my care part of my award yet my Bipolar affects me terribly when I'm having an episode which can last weeks and weeks yet I questioned this and was told unless I'm having a permanent episode (a contradiction in terms) then i wouldn't get any help financially. Plus every time I re apply for PIP and have an assessment it causes a really bad episode... its just a mess and they just don't care. Iv had bipolar 9yrs and it's always ignored on my PIP application. And it was my spinal cord injury stess anger agony psychological changes and damage plus PTSD caused by the injury that brought on the bipolar.
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    Karen Keita · 8 months ago
    Hi I'm a 64 Yr old lady. I suffer from Bi polar type 2. I do have other health conditions too. But last year on waiting for pip decision out of the blue I had a phone call from benefits. The gentleman on the phone told me my claim was based on bi polar not other health issues. He then even guided me with my answers. Then stated he was awarding it. I thought he said for 2 yrs. Nope 10 years. He was very pleased for me asked if I was going to celebrate my answer yes with a cup of tea. I kept asking if it was a scam. Nope its true. I have done the training course on here. I've been awarded top rates on both. 
    So thank you.
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