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When might anxiety disorder qualify for disability benefits?

Modern medicine hasn't completely decoded the mysteries of the human nervous system. Although serotonin, norepinephrine and other neurotransmitters may play a role, the cause for nervous system conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorders remains unknown. It is also unclear whether other factors may also be involved, such as genetics, biological processes, and life experiences. 

Yet the shortcomings of modern medicine should never justify underestimating the serious impact that anxiety disorder or other mental impairments may have on an individual's life, and in particular, his or her ability to work. Symptoms might include severe distraction, panic attacks, headaches, breathing difficulties, or other physical manifestations. Often, there is also an emotional component, such as fearful and irrational thoughts. The combined impact of these symptoms may truly present a long-term obstacle to an individual's ability to work.

The Social Security Administration recognizes that severe cases of anxiety disorder, panic attacks or other conditions of the nervous system may result in eligibility for disability benefits. However, there can be problems of proof associated with an application for Social Security disability insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Our law firm, the Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., has helped many applicants seeking SSDI or SSI benefits based on anxiety disorders. In order to present a persuasive case, we advise our clients to create an evidentiary record early in the process. Medical documentation of any prescriptions or visits to health care professionals is very important. At the same time, a personal diary that documents the frequency of attacks, describes the symptoms and resulting interference with daily activities can also provide a helpful and persuasive factual context. Call our toll free number at 1-866-886-0660 for a free consultation.

Related Post: "Social Security Disability Benefits for Anxiety and Panic Attacks," copyright 2017, Disability Benefits Law Center

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