Anxiety disorders like OCD, panic disorders, phobias, or PTSD are considered a disability. Therefore, they can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Individuals must prove that it is so debilitating that it prevents them from working. If you are suffering from anxiety and want to claim disability benefits, then reach out to the experienced social security disability attorneys at Marc Whitehead & Associates.
What are the different types of anxiety disorders?
Generalized anxiety disorder can occur among adults and even children. The condition has symptoms similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other types of anxiety. These symptoms include constant worry, trouble with concentration, and intrusive thoughts. The patient is preoccupied with fear and may be unable to control it. Treatment can include medications and counseling.
Is your anxiety equivalent to disability?
Many people who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder can function, hold a job, manage a household, and raise their children. In these cases, it is doubtful that anxiety would be classified as a disability by the SSA.
Social Security Administration (SSA) is a governmental agency that oversees and distributes benefits for those who are disabled. Ultimately, it will decide whether your condition is severe enough to be labeled a disability. However, the good news is that their definition does consider psychological or mental conditions. Specifically, the SSA’s definition of disability includes any medically determinable mental impairment that prevents you from working.
How do you prove that your anxiety amounts to a disability?
First, it must significantly interfere with your daily routines. However, proving that your disorder amounts to a disability can be challenging–it requires certain types of evidence and utilizing specific strategies to make the case to SSA.
SSA needs more evidence that can be provided by your treating physician(s). Instead, they employ disability examiners who evaluate medical opinions–giving special weight to “supportability” and “consistency.” The former refers to a medical diagnosis that is well supported–for example, by blood tests, x-rays, and notes from clinicians. Consistency requires that the above diagnostic tests, your treating physician’s medical diagnosis, your symptoms, and other clinical opinions are consistent.
At Marc Whitehead & Associates, we build as strong a case as possible for a favorable outcome by working closely with your doctors and leveraging all the necessary evidence to support your claim.
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If you are suffering from anxiety and want to claim disability benefits, then reach out to our experienced social security disability attorneys. We are qualified social security disability lawyers and are experienced in dealing with the Social Security Administration. Contact us today for a free consultation. There are no upfront fees—we get paid when you do.