Can I Receive SSD Benefits for an Anxiety Disorder?

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The Social Security Disability (SSD) program was designed to provide a livable income to individuals that are unable to work due to a disability. Although one tends to think of a disability as an obvious physical affliction, the truth is that mental disorders can be just as crippling in terms of one’s ability to obtain and hold a job. With this in mind, is is possible for a person to receive SSD benefits for a severe anxiety disorder?

The simple answer is that, yes, a person can receive SSD benefits when suffering from an anxiety disorder. There are many different kinds of anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic attacks, and all can be qualifying conditions if they are so severe that they inhibit a person from maintaining a job.

The difficult part of receiving SSD benefits in this way is the proving of the anxiety disorder to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) judge. More often that not, an initial application with this claim on it will be met with rejection and a hearing will be necessary to overturn this. This is where it becomes vital to prove that the anxiety disorder is so severe. Official documentation of diagnosis and treatment is essential and any more information will only strengthen the case.

When appealing a SSD application, particularly with the reason of an anxiety disorder being on it, it is very beneficial to have an attorney on your side that knows Social Security law and will fight for you to see you get the benefits that you need and deserve. To learn about we how at the Franco Firm can serve you in this role, please call us today at (813) 872-0929.

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