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If Your Anxiety Is Affecting Your Daily Life, SSDI Benefits Are Available to Help

We live in a society where people love to throw the word "anxiety" around very loosely. Whether it's having your yearly performance review at work, giving a speech, or waiting for important medical test results, people love to rant about how anxious they are. However, what some people don't realize is how debilitating true anxiety can be for individuals with this disability.

Anxiety can be so serious for certain people that the Social Security Administration acknowledges it as a disability that could qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). If you apply for SSDI and cite anxiety as your disability, the SSA is going to be looking for the following requirements; you must meet at least one of these requirements and it should be medically documented so you can back up your claim:

  • Generalized persistent anxiety accompanied by three out of four of the following signs or symptoms: Motor tension, autonomic hyperactivity, apprehensive expectation, or vigilance and scanning.
  • A persistent irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation which results in a compelling desire to avoid it.
  • Panic attacks that are severe and happen at least once a week, on average.
  • Obsessions or compulsions that are a clear source of distress.
  • Recollections of traumatic experiences that are intrusive and a source of distress.

In addition to meeting at least one of the above requirements, you must also be dealing with one more of the following:

  • Anxiety that results in at least two of these: Restriction of activities of daily living, difficulty in maintaining proper social functioning, trouble concentrating, or repeated episodes of decompensation.
  • Anxiety that results in a complete inability to function independently outside of the home.

The SSA understands that anxiety can be crippling for individuals suffering from the disability. However, they also understand that many people seem to be suffering from some form of anxiety, and because of that, they require real medical evidence that your life is being seriously affected.

Did you apply for SSDI, but you were denied benefits? Contact Schmidt Kramer and we can help with your appeal. Initiate a live, online chat with us right now to learn more.

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