SSDI & Anxiety-Related Disorders

SSDI & Anxiety-Related Disorders

Almost everyone experiences anxiety at some point in time as it is a normal human emotion. When faced with a big test, a problem at work, or a conflict with another person, one may feel anxious, nervous or that familiar “butterflies in the stomach.” However, an anxiety disorder is different.

Anxiety disorders can cause so much distress that they are paralyzing, crippling, and in effect, interfere with almost every aspect of one’s daily life. From something as simple as driving to the corner store, or having a restful night sleep – an anxiety disorder can make the simplest tasks nearly impossible.

I have anxiety. Can I get SSDI benefits?

If you have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. In order to qualify for SSD benefits, the individual must have a disability that is expected to last at least 12 months, or result in death.

The Social Security Administration has the “Listing of Impairments,” which is a list that describes impairments that are considered severe enough that they prevent a person from doing any gainful activity. Under 12.00 Mental Disorders on the Listing of Impairments, you will find anxiety-related disorders.

Section 12.06 Anxiety-related disorders describes anxiety as the predominant disturbance, or the individual experiences anxiety when they try to master symptoms; for example, when they confront a dreaded object or situation, or when they resist an obsession in an obsessive compulsive disorder.

To qualify for SSD benefits, you must have medical documentation finding at least one of the following:

Generalized anxiety that includes three out of four of the following symptoms: autonomic hyperactivity; motor tension; vigilance and scanning; apprehensive expectation; a persistent and irrational fear about a specific object or activity; recurrent and severe panic attacks; recurrent obsessions or compulsions; or recurrent recollections of a traumatic experience;


At least one of the following occurs as a result:

1. You experience a marked restriction in their daily living; or

2. You experience marked difficulties in social function; or

3. Marked difficulty concentrating or maintaining a pace; or

4. You experience repeated episodes of decompensation (extended duration): or

5. You experience the complete inability to function independently if you leave your home.

Dallas Social Security Disability Attorney

If you, or someone you love is suffering from an anxiety-related disorder, we encourage you to reach out to The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for help. Our Dallas Social Security Disability lawyers have over 30 years of combined experience and some of the most respected credentials in the legal field, including the AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

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