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Can you get benefits for anxiety?

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2021 | Blog, Social Security Disability |

In the past, mental health issues were not taken as seriously as physical health issues. This especially popped out when it came to the workplace. Those with physical disabilities had an easier time getting benefits and time off, while those with an impactful mental health disorder often got nothing.

Fortunately, this has changed significantly over time. Many people just like you can and do apply for SSDI benefits for mental disorders. This includes anxiety-based disorders.

Symptoms of anxiety disorders

Social Security discusses categories involving anxiety disorders. The umbrella term is “anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders”. It includes several disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and agoraphobia. Note that even if your anxiety disorder is not listed directly, this does not mean you cannot apply.

Instead, you must simply meet certain requirements. For one, you need medical documentation of an anxiety disorder that includes at least three symptoms. The symptoms include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances

The symptoms requirements differ for those with agoraphobia or obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Limitation of mental functions

You must also suffer from either an extreme limitation of one of the following mental functions, or a marked limitation of at least two. These functions include:

  • Your ability to interact with others
  • Your ability to concentrate, maintain pace or persist
  • Your ability to adapt or manage yourself
  • Your ability to understand, recall and apply certain information and knowledge

Most people eligible for application suffer in a way that impacts their ability to work. If you fall under this category, consider contacting legal help for guidance through the process.