People who suffer from anxiety typically exhibit a huge range of symptoms. For some people, anxiety manifests itself as periods of nervousness or stress; for others, the symptoms are so relentless and severe they are disabling.
Unfortunately, the use of the word “anxiety” is so common these days that people in the latter group can feel like their conditions are being ignored or trivialized. People may say they have anxiety because they left their cellphone at home or they hate flying on planes because of the anxiety they feel. While these can be valid, they are not the type of conditions that would be eligible for government relief.
There are many anxiety disorders that are severe and devastating. They affect a person’s ability to engage in social situations, perform simple functions or even leave the house. People who experience this level of anxiety may certainly be eligible to apply for Social Security disability benefits.
According to the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments, anxiety-related disorders rise to the level of a disability when a person has been medically determined to suffer from at least three symptoms of persistent anxiety that either makes it extremely difficult or impossible to function in certain capacities.
Unlike the types of anxiety that come and go or are easily manageable, anxiety-related disorders considered disabling are typically those that control a person’s life. They are often extremely difficult to treat and can require ongoing, intensive therapy and medical attention.
Not surprisingly, it can be very difficult for people with these conditions to deal with the frustration and stress of filing for disability benefits from the SSA. Some people may be intimidated by the process or convinced they will not be eligible for benefits and decide to give up or accept a denied claim.
However, an attorney can take control of the situation and guide a person through this process. With legal support, SSDI applicants suffering from anxiety disorders can stay focused on getting the help they need to cope with their condition while their claim for benefits works through the system.
While it may seem like the process is simply too overwhelming, the benefits available through SSDI can prove to be essential in the long run.