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Anxiety disorders and Social Security Disability: Part II

Anxiety disorders and Social Security Disability: Part II

| Sep 19, 2014 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions |

In our last post, we began a discussion about anxiety disorders. These include conditions like generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Most people have heard of these conditions, but much of what they think they know is based on misinformation and stereotypes. You can learn more about these disorders by visiting the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website.

Anxiety disorders can make it difficult or even impossible to continue working a job. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder (AD), you may be interested in applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. In today’s post, we’ll discuss some of the challenges you may encounter when doing so.

It is common for individuals with ADs to be denied the first time they apply for SSDI. The nature of these disorders often makes it difficult to document symptoms and track them over time. Difficult does not mean impossible, however.

In addition to showing proof of a medical diagnosis, it may be necessary to provide supplementary documentation showing things like what medications you take, how long symptoms have lasted and anything else that can demonstrate the severity of your AD.

If your AD symptoms are severe enough to prevent you from working, however, it stands to reason that gathering all of this evidence and documentation yourself is no easy feat and may seem impossible. Thankfully, an experienced SSDI attorney knows what kind of documentation and evidence you’ll need to present a strong case, and he or she will also be able to do gather most of these documents for you. This will make it much easier for you to focus on treatment.

If you’d like to know more about how we can help you apply for SSDI benefits, please visit the anxiety disorders page on our website.