If you're diagnosed with an anxiety or panic disorder, the odds are good that you have all the symptoms that are necessary to meet the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of the disorder -- but qualifying for disability benefits isn't quite that simple.
Every human being gets sick at some time or another. If such a sickness is long-term and it prevents you from working, it will have catastrophic financial implications for you and your family. This is why the U.S. Social Security Disability system exists -- to help you make ends meet if you're too ill or disabled to work for more than a year or suffering from a condition that will lead to your death.
Social Security (SS) just celebrated its 83rd birthday on Aug. 14. In case you're trying to do the math, this means that it's been in existence since 1935 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was still in office.
Data compiled by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that as much as 80 percent of all adults may have to endure lower back pain while alive. Statistics also show that back pain is a leading reason why workers are forced to call in sick to work or file for disability. Data suggests that men and women are afflicted with lower back pain equitably and that it generally starts between the ages of 30 and 50 and worsens with age.
Once your doctor informs you that you have a mental, medical or a combination of ailments that prevent you from working and earning a living in St. Louis, you might have some concerns about Social Security disability benefits. There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation out there that may have you feeling confused and unsure of your situation and what to do.
If you suffer from a disabling physical or mental injury that prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to cover food, housing and medical costs. In order to qualify for such benefits, your injury must extend beyond a certain threshold. Hearing loss can result in your receiving SSDI.