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The different types of anxiety disorders

A recent post on this blog mentioned how a resident of Newark, New Jersey, who suffers from ongoing panic attacks may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, New Jersey residents should bear in mind that panic attacks are just one type of mental illness disability related to anxiety. There are several other types of anxiety-related mental illnesses that may qualify a person for disability benefits.

Perhaps the most common type of anxiety disorder is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This goes beyond merely being a serious person or just going through a stressful time. People with GAD may not be able to explain why they feel so worried, but they are constantly stressed, even to the point of feeling physically sick.

People with social anxiety disorder, on the other hand, may be just fine except when they are in crowds of people. Although almost everyone has experienced social anxiety in the form of stage fright, those who have a severe case may be unable to function at all outside the home.

Someone with OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, has a persistent worry about a particular thing, such as forgetting to lock up the car. Because they tend to fixate on one concern, they may also develop particular habits that they engage in almost automatically. Perhaps someone related, a person with a phobia has an unreasonable fear of a particular thing or circumstance. Depending on the fear, the condition can make functioning difficult.

Finally, PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, affects people who have in some way experienced a serious trauma in their lives. Traditionally, this condition was associated with people coming home after experiencing military combat.

Any one of these conditions can be disabling. As such, those who are suffering from an anxiety disorder and cannot work because of it may want to consider speaking with an attorney experienced with Social Security disability.

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