Is Anxiety a Disability?

Yes, anxiety is considered a disability by the SSA. There are several symptoms of anxiety that qualify for disability benefits and these are fatigue, difficulty concentrating and irritability. Anxiety is also a condition where the victim experiences ongoing feelings of apprehension, uneasiness and tension. These feelings can be so overwhelming that even terror may be experienced when participating in ordinary events or everyday situations. Because of the effects anxiety could have if the victim worked it means he or she is not capable of engaging in work for the duration of the anxiety. Unable to work due to anxiety means the victim should qualify for disability benefits.

Is Anxiety a Disability?

Yes, anxiety is considered a disability by the SSA. To get disability benefits for anxiety you will need to meet a Blue Book listing and provide enough medical evidence that proves your anxiety is going to prevent you from working for at least 12 months.

Types of Anxiety That Are a Disability

There are five major types of anxiety which are characterized by specific symptoms which are:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered to be anxiety particularly when severe stress symptoms last for more than one month caused after being a witness to a traumatic event;
  • Phobias which are irrational, overwhelming and uncontrolled fear of common situations, things, places, or events;
  • Panic disorder which is repeated attacks of anxiety or terror that persist for at least 10 minutes with no diagnosed cause;
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) which is repetitive behavior that tries to lower or control anxiety symptoms;
  • Generalized anxiety disorder which is when the victim is experiencing a constant state of tension and worry with no particular reason diagnosed and it is considered a disability if it persists for at least six months.

How to Get Disability Benefits For Anxiety

In the Blue Book anxiety and anxiety disorders are listed in section 12.06. These disorders are classified as excessive anxiety, fear, worry, apprehension or by avoiding feelings, thoughts, activities, objects, places, or people. Symptoms could include restlessness, difficulty in concentrating, hyper-vigilance, muscle tension, sleep disturbance, fatigue, panic attacks, obsessions and compulsions, constant thoughts and fears about safety, and frequent physical complaints. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above you should qualify for disability benefits. You will need to get your doctor to provide a report describing your symptoms and that they will last for at least twelve months.

Get Help With Your Anxiety Disability Claim

It is never easy to win a disability claim for anxiety as you have to be able to prove that your anxiety is going to last for at least twelve months and this has to be supported by relevant evidence. If you work with an attorney you should have a higher chance of winning a disability claim for your anxiety as an attorney knows what the SSA requires for successful disability claims for anxiety.

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