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Anxiety: A disability you can seek Social Security benefits for

Anxiety disorders are a struggle for many people who return from military service. These individuals may have conditions such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Each of these conditions is serious on its own, but without support, it can limit an individual's ability to live and survive on his or her own. Night terrors, social anxiety and other issues limit how much a person can function in society, which is why veterans deserve as much mental health care as they need.

While anxiety is a normal part of life, these conditions are so prevalent that they take over the individual's entire world. The people who suffer from anxiety conditions tend to be irritable, struggle to sleep well and may have trouble concentrating. Fortunately, Social Security Disability (SSD) does recognize mental health conditions, which means that those who can't work because of the conditions can get the financial support they need while they recover.

Anxiety can become a disability. From making it impossible to be in public to causing so much stress that an individual is constantly fatigued, anxiety has the potential to severely disable anyone who struggles with it. While there are medications and treatments that can help, there is no guaranteed cure. Veterans struggling with these conditions deserve a fair chance to get well without having to worry about supporting themselves or their families. They're already struggling enough in their personal lives without having to worry about finances.

Anyone going through this kind of situation should consider filing for disability. There is support available for those who need it.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health, "Anxiety Disorders," accessed Feb. 08, 2018

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