Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

SSD benefits may be available to anxiety sufferers

Most of us experience stress in our daily lives. Fortunately, a little rest and relaxation, as well as detachment from work, is usually enough to ease the tension. Yet, other individuals suffer from mental conditions that can completely alter the way they live their lives. One of these conditions is anxiety. While many people struggle with anxiety, a smaller group of individuals experience it to such an extent that it leaves them unable to live a normal life, let alone work. For these individuals, Social Security disability benefits may be available.

However, before SSD benefits can be obtained, an anxiety sufferer must prove that he or she meets certain federal requirements. Under the Social Security Administration's requirements for this condition, an individual may qualify for benefits in, essentially, one of three ways. The first way to demonstrate that one suffers from an anxiety disorder that results in at least three characteristics, which may include trouble concentrating, irritability, difficulty sleeping, fatigue and restlessness.

The second way to qualify is to show that one suffers from a panic disorder that results in panic attacks caused by the fear of panic attacks or fear that is disproportional to the reality of two situations, such as using public transportation and being in a social situation. The third way to qualify for benefit is to show that an individual suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Of course, once one of these three conditions is proven, additional requirements must be met. A claimant must illustrate that his or her condition causes extreme or marked limitation of a certain number of mental functioning areas, which may include concentration, self-management or understanding. Alternatively, a claimant can show that his or her condition is serious and persistent, requiring extensive medical treatment.

As one can see, the success of many SSD claims is dependent upon an ability to provide adequate medical documentation that satisfies the government's requirements. When claims are denied, additional legal arguments. Those who need assistance with their disability claim may want to reach out to an experienced legal professional.

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