Many people experience anxiety in one form or another on a nearly day-to-day basis and also know of ways to cope with stress and anxiety. However, for those who have anxiety disorders, feelings of fear and worry are not temporary and often get worse over time. Anxiety disorders may make it extremely difficult for a person to perform routine tasks and can make working all but impossible. When an anxiety disorder affects a person’s ability to function at work and at home, they may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
Main types of anxiety disorders
There are many different types of anxiety disorders. Here are a few primary types:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
It is not uncommon for many symptoms of these disorders to overlap. This is why some people may be diagnosed with several types of anxiety disorders.
The primary symptoms of nearly all anxiety disorders are feelings of excessive worry or fear. The specific symptoms will depend on which type of anxiety disorder a person has. Common additional symptoms may include:
- Feelings of impending doom or danger
- Fear of crowds
- The inability to focus
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
Those who have been experiencing one or more of these symptoms, should consult with a physician and get treatment. The Social Security Administration requires medical documentation that a person is experiencing symptoms of anxiety disorders before they can grant SSD benefits. Fortunately, there is help available for those who want to apply for SSDI benefits. An experienced attorney can answer questions and help applicants ensure they meet requirements.