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What is anxiety and how can it be disabling?

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2018 | Social Security Disability Benefits For Mental Conditions

Anxiety is the common term used to describe a host of mental conditions that may affect how a person lives their life. The symptoms associated with anxiety disorders are wide ranging and can include nervousness, fear, trembling, exhaustion, sleep disturbances, worrying, and having trouble concentrating. When these symptoms become unmanageable, an Oklahoma resident may find that they are unable to focus on the important aspects of their life, including their job.

Because anxiety can be so pervasive, the Social Security Administration recognizes it as a disability. Fleeting episodes of anxiety do not qualify individuals for benefits. Instead, like other disabilities, anxiety must meet the definition set forth by the federal government and last for at least one year.

A person may witness their anxiety affect their work in many different ways. Their anxiety may prevent them from effectively working with the information that is relevant to their job. It may stop them from communicating with their peers, subordinates, and bosses. Anxiety may also impact a worker’s ability to concentrate on their duties and keep them from performing the work that they are assigned to do.

Even with medical support, a person who suffers from anxiety may not be able to maintain their work responsibilities. It is in these extreme cases that an individual may wish to begin the process of seeking disability benefits to help them when they cannot work.

Disability benefits attorneys are available for men and women who suffer from anxiety and who fear the future without employment. Lawyers who practice this type of law may offer their clients supportive guidance for the best courses of action to move their particular disability benefits cases forward.