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Can You Get Social Security for an Anxiety Disorder?

If you have an anxiety disorder that prevents you from working, you may be able to apply for SSDI. Oftentimes, individuals that suffer from anxiety disorders are unable to work. The pressure can cause them to have panic attacks and they may be unable to function under deadlines or work under authority.

The SSA recognizes anxiety disorder as a form of mental disability and often pays disability benefits to people suffering from this ailment.

Of all emotional disorders, anxiety disorders are considered one of the most common. There are approximately 20 million people in the United States alone that suffer from anxiety. Anxiety disorders can manifest themselves in different ways.

The five most common types of anxiety disorders are:

  • Social phobia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress syndrome

If you are suffering from any of these diagnosed anxiety disorders, you should consider filing for SSDI. As with all disability applications, you will be required to file a disability claim. Your anxiety disorder will need to meet all of the qualifications and symptoms discussed in Section 12.06 of the SSAs published list of impairments

Specifically, to prove that you deserve SSDI for an anxiety order you will need to show that:

  • Your condition prevents you from performing any time of work
  • You have psychiatric records to back of your claim
  • You have statements from a medical professional to back up your claim

Anxiety disorders are a mental illness so it can be difficult to show why the ailment is debilitating and how it has affected you. Statements and records from medical professionals are often the key to proving your condition in these cases.

If you want more information about SSDI for anxiety disorders, talk with our firm. An SSDI lawyer at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC may be able to help you appeal a denied disability claim and prove that you deserve benefits based on your condition.