Anxiety is a mental health illness that causes an individual to experience heightened feelings of tension, fear, and worry. In some scenarios, these feelings may be too severe to an extent where the person is unable to work or function normally in society. Such individuals may be eligible for anxiety disability benefits.
At National Disability Benefits, our mission is to assist people with severe anxiety to apply for and receive their disability benefits. We will help you avoid making mistakes that may otherwise deny you the chance of receiving your deserved benefits.
What Causes Anxiety Disorders?
Typically, anxiety is triggered by traumatic experiences one may have gone through in the past. That makes them associate any similar occurrences in their current situation with the disturbing past event. Also, environmental stressors such as relationship problems, financial challenges, and work pressure can contribute to anxiety disorders.
Studies also reveal that anxiety disorders could also be because of genetic predisposition. Those with family members already suffering from an anxiety disorder are highly likely to have the condition themselves.
Who is Eligible for Disability Benefits Triggered by Anxiety?
To qualify for disability benefits caused by an anxiety disorder you need:
- Medical proof from a doctor who has diagnosed you with an anxiety disorder.
- To prove that the condition has made you unable to work for one year or more.
The Social Security Administration uses the following impairment listings to determine if you qualify for disability benefits:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Generalized persistent anxiety
- Panic attacks
Whether it’s your first disability claims application, if you sent an application before, but it was declined, or you need to prepare for a hearing, National Disability Benefits is here to help you.
SSA Impairment Listings
The following are what the SSA considers as anxiety disability.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts that urge a person to attempt to relieve them by doing repetitive tasks such as checking or cleaning. The SSA requires the obsessions cause marked distress even with treatment.
A phobia is a disorder that causes irrational or extreme fear of a place, situation, or activity. Such fear causes a person to avoid the situation, place, or activity by all means.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This is a reaction to a harrowing event that you experienced or witnessed, such as natural disasters, physical abuse, or killings. The disorder causes regular flashbacks that can disrupt daily activities. The SSA requires that even if a person is undergoing treatment, their emotional disturbance or anxiety is near-extreme or extreme.
- Generalized Persistent Anxiety (GAD)
This is a common disorder that’s characterized by stress, chronic fearfulness, and apprehension. To be deemed as a disability, the SSA has to be convinced that this type of anxiety has profoundly affected an individual either emotionally or physically.
- Panic Attacks
The attacks are characterized by physical symptoms such as shaking, sweating, and increased heart rate along with sudden feelings of intense fear. To be considered as a disability by the SSA, the panic attacks should be:
- Regular—they should occur at least once every week
- Sudden and unpredictable
Reliable Disability Benefits Assistance
Do you have an anxiety disorder that has affected your performance at work? National Disability Benefits can assist you by providing information on the Social Security Administration (SSA) policies, and how to file for anxiety disability benefits. To get started on the process, send us an email on email@example.com.