Anxiety and depression affect millions of Americans. For many of these sufferers, the effects are severe, long-lasting, and occur on a daily basis. This can drastically interrupt what one would consider to be a normal life, rendering it nearly impossible to engage in social activities and work. This, in turn, can spur the mental condition onward and leave an individual without the financial resources that he or she needs to get by.
Can you recover disability benefits for your anxiety?
Fortunately, those who suffer from the most severe forms of anxiety may be able to recover Social Security disability benefits for their condition. Just like with other medical conditions, though, these individuals have to show that they meet the federal government’s definition of “disabled” before they can recover benefits.
To qualify under the anxiety prong of disability, a suffer must show a number of things. To start, he or she can show that anxiety disorder exists as evidenced by a number of characteristics, such as restlessness, irritability, and muscle tension. Panic disorder can also qualify one for SSD benefits, as can obsessive-compulsive disorder. Each condition must present with extreme limitations to the individual’s ability to understand information, interact with others, concentrate, and/or take care of him or herself.
Another option to qualify for SSD benefits is to show that the condition is “medically persistent.” To prove this, a claimant must present evidence that demonstrates extensive medical treatment that is necessary to diminish the effects of the condition and that the condition is so severe that it limits the individual’s ability to adapt to normal changes.
Consider seeking guidance for your claim
There’s a lot on the line when it comes to pursuing a SSD claim, especially when you’re just trying to find a way to cope with your disability. But even though the process can seem enormously stressful, keep in mind that you don’t have to face it alone. Skilled legal professionals like those at our firm stand ready to assist you as you seek the compensation that you need and deserve.