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When is anxiety considered a disability?

On Behalf of | May 2, 2019 | Social Security Disability Benefits For Mental Conditions

Anxiety is more than just “feeling nervous.” Pretty much all Oklahoma residents have experienced worry or concern about events that are outside of their control. When those events have passed most individuals will experience relief and their apprehension fades away. However, for individuals who live with anxiety disorders, that relief may not always come.

Anxiety affects individuals’ mental and physical health. It can cause them to avoid certain situations because of their worries or to persistently fear that something bad may happen. It can cause individuals to suffer increased heart rates, experience trembling in their appendages, lose sleep and even lose focus on tasks that are directly in front of them.

These are not the only symptoms that may be present with anxiety, and because anxiety can control a person’s life they may not be able to maintain their work commitments and meet their professional responsibilities. Anxiety may keep people from leaving their home and going out into the world to their job. Because anxiety and its effects may be pervasive and damaging to a person’s ability to function in the world, it may be classified as a disability for the purposes of seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Applicants who seek benefits based on their anxiety diagnoses may need to offer significant proof of their medical tests and treatments, notes from their doctors and other evidence to show just how controlling their anxiety is over their lives. As they prepare to submit their applications for support, some anxiety applicants may want to get more legal information about disability benefits to ensure all paperwork is properly drafted.