Most people across the country experience some type of anxiety regularly. However, anxiety can become a major issue when it affects how a person functions on a day-to-day basis. Anyone who has an anxiety disorder knows how difficult it can be just to get through the day. Fortunately, those who have struggled to hold jobs or are unable to work because of an anxiety disorder may be able to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
Anxiety disorders that qualify
Generally, doctors will diagnose five major types of anxiety disorders that are characterized by their symptoms:
- Panic disorder – symptoms include repeated anxiety attacks or terror that have no apparent cause and last up to 10 minutes.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – symptoms consist of severe stress that lasts more than a month often caused by a traumatic event.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – a person uses repetitive behavior performed to minimize or control anxiety.
- Generalized anxiety disorder – characterized by a constant state of worry or stress that lasts at least six months and is unrelated to a particular situation or event.
- Phobias – irrational, overwhelming and involuntary fears about certain situations, places, things or events.
SSDI for anxiety disorders
Most of the time, those who are diagnosed with any of the above anxiety disorders can get disability benefits. However, the Social Security Administration requires applicants to supply the necessary medical evidence and also prove that their condition prevents them from working full-time. Those who want to know more about obtaining SSDI benefits for mental conditions can get much-needed guidance by speaking with an experienced legal professional.