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July 11, 2022

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), more than 40 million adults are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. If you suffer from anxiety so severe that it keeps you from working, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. In this blog post, Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O, discusses applying for disability benefits with an anxiety disorder.  

The Symptoms Of Anxiety

There are dozens of different symptoms that accompany anxiety. Their severity and frequency can vary greatly from one individual to another. There are also several different anxiety disorders. Some of the more common anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder or social phobia
  • Panic disorder

Social Security Disability Lawyer in Omaha and Council Bluffs 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

Medically Qualifying For Disability Benefits 

The medical guide used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine eligibility is called the Blue Book. The Blue Book has several listings applicable to mental illness and anxiety disorders. To qualify for disability benefits because of anxiety, you must have a confirmed diagnosis of anxiety with at least three of these symptoms – 

  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Easily fatigued
  • Muscle tension
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbance

You must also have a loss of abilities, or a marked limitation in at least two of the following – 

  • Understanding, remembering, or applying information (the ability to understand instructions, learn new things, apply new knowledge to tasks, and use judgment in decisions)
  • Interacting with others (the ability to use socially appropriate behaviors)
  • Concentrating, persisting, or maintaining pace in performing tasks (the ability to focus and to complete tasks in a timely manner over the course of a workday), and/or
  • Adapting or managing oneself (being able to respond to demands, adapt to changes, understand what is considered acceptable work performance, and have practical personal skills like practicing good hygiene).


Qualifying With An RFC

If you cannot meet the criteria of a Blue Book listing, you may qualify through a medical vocational allowance, which takes your age, work history, medical issues, transferable skills, and educational background all into consideration. Your treating physician can complete a residual functional capacity (RFC) form, which details what you can and cannot do, so the disability examiner gets a clear picture of what you can do and if you are able to work, and if so, what job you can do. 

Getting Your Claim On Track 

If you are unable to work because of anxiety, you should get a disability claim underway. You can start the process online at www.ssa.gov or by calling 1-800-772-1213 and speaking with a representative. Hard medical evidence and other supporting documentation is essential to your claim and its success. The team at Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., have helped hundreds of individuals with their disability claims throughout the last few years. Call today to discuss your claim and to set up a case evaluation. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

Our firm can help. Call 402-991-2100 or email contact@watsoncarroll.com. You also can fill out our confidential contact form.

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