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Can you get benefits for anxiety?

| Jun 14, 2021 | Social Security Disability |

As the studies on mental health and its impact on daily life continue to progress, it is easier to get a clear picture of how much mental wellness affects one’s ability to work. For ages, people with physical disabilities have gotten to apply for benefits. Now, those with mental health issues can do the same.

But it is still hard to know whether or not you qualify for these benefits at times. For example, do you qualify if you suffer from anxiety?

What are anxiety spectrum disorders?

Social Security examines mental disorders in adults and their corresponding eligibility for benefits. Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders is in fact a category that may allow for you to apply for SSDI benefits.

Many different disorders fall under this umbrella. An example of a few include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This is not an exhaustive list. If your anxiety-based disorder is not mentioned, that does not mean it does not qualify.

Qualifying disorders result in the victim experiencing excessive worry, anxiety, fear or apprehension. This leads to the avoidance of thoughts, people, places, activities, objects and more. In some cases, this can lead to the victim withdrawing from society to a degree.

What are affecting signs and symptoms?

Signs and symptoms vary from person to person and depending on the disorder. Some common ones include restlessness, trouble concentrating, fatigue, panic attacks, muscle tension and fears about safety. These symptoms will often interfere in your ability to live your daily life without interruption. This is what allows you to apply for benefits, as you likely struggle to hold down a job, too.

If you wish to learn more about eligibility, consider contacting legal help.