Suppose you file a claim for disability benefits under the Anxiety-Related Disorders category. In that case, you can support your claim with medical records, letters and reports from your doctor, and your testimony, among other things. Generally speaking, there are two approaches to demonstrating your eligibility for disability benefits:
The first is using the Social Security Administration’s list of medical conditions and the criteria that establish them. The second is demonstrating that you are affected by an acute or chronic severe impairment or a combination of impairments preventing you from performing a full-time job.
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common causes of disability among adults in the United States. According to the American Psychiatric Association, many people suffer from both disorders; nearly half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety.
Those who suffer from severe anxiety or major depression may find that their ability to work is significantly impaired due to their symptoms. However, proving a social security disability claim based on mental health can be a difficult undertaking. A doctor cannot diagnose anxiety based on physical examination or blood tests because the symptoms are highly subjective.
While physical impairments such as a pinched nerve or disc disease can be debilitating, the symptoms of anxiety and depression can be just as debilitating. These symptoms include irritability, lack of motivation, loss of interest, difficulty concentrating or remembering, paranoia, and sleep disturbance.
You may be eligible for social security disability benefits if your symptoms of anxiety or depression prevent you from working a full-time job. The vast majority of people do not meet the requirements for a listing. As a result, they are not automatically eligible for benefits.
However, you can still prove that your medical condition prevents you from working full-time by demonstrating that you cannot do so. Providing medical documentation demonstrating that your conditions are “severe” or that you have a combination of impairments that prevent you from working is one way to accomplish this.
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