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An Anxiety Disorder Can Have Paralyzing Effects

While mental health has received a greater focus lately, many people in Minnesota and elsewhere still do not fully understand how certain mental illnesses can affect a person’s life. If someone experiences anxiety over certain situations, others may simply think the person needs to calm down or not make a big deal out of it. However, an anxiety disorder could greatly affect how a person is able to live, often in a detrimental way.

Though anxiety is a natural response in all people, some individuals experience it to an extreme level that they cannot control. It can result in these parties being unable to function like people without this disorder would, particularly when facing stressful situations. Outside parties may feel that someone with anxiety issues is simply overreacting, but people with the disorder often cannot control how they react or the degree to which their anxiety affects them.

The effects of an anxiety disorder can vary from person to person, but it can cause unrealistic and unreasonable feelings of worry and fear. In some cases, these feelings can be triggered by certain topics or events, but in other cases, they can come seemingly out of nowhere. For those with extreme anxiety, these feelings can be paralyzing and have physical repercussions, like a racing heart, nausea, sweating, chest pain and vomiting. These situations are often referred to as panic attacks.

For individuals living with an anxiety disorder, getting through the day can often seem like a major chore or even an impossible task. In many cases, Minnesota residents with such extreme anxiety may not be able to work because their condition interferes with their abilities. As a result, they may wonder whether they could qualify for Social Security benefits to help them make ends meet. If they have reached this point, they may want to gain reliable information about applying and whether their condition may qualify under Social Security disability requirements.

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