Anxiety disorders can be debilitating, making it impossible for individuals to work and carry out everyday activities. However, is it possible to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) on the basis of anxiety?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) does recognize anxiety disorders, but there are specific criteria an individual must meet to qualify.
Understanding SSDI and anxiety
SSDI provides financial support to individuals who cannot work due to a disability. The SSA has a “blue book” that lists all the medical conditions that could potentially qualify for SSDI. Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, are in this list. However, an individual must meet certain criteria to qualify.
Meeting the criteria for anxiety
The SSA criteria for anxiety disorders require that the anxiety result in at least one of the following: persistent anxiety with excessive worry, panic attacks, obsessive or compulsive behaviors or irrational fear of a situation, object or activity. In addition, the individual must also have at least two of the following issues: restrictions in daily activities, difficulties in social functioning, difficulties in concentrating or in maintaining pace or repeated episodes of decompensation.
Supporting documentation is critical
Having an anxiety disorder and meeting the SSA criteria is not enough. One must provide medical documentation to back up the claim. This includes medical records from doctors and psychologists, as well as hospital or clinic records. Detailed records should include treatments tried, their results and how the anxiety interferes with everyday life.
Yes, it is possible to get SSDI for anxiety. However, the process requires meeting specific criteria and providing detailed supporting documentation. It is also important to remember that each case is unique, and the SSA reviews applications on a case-by-case basis. Individuals dealing with severe anxiety disorders that inhibit their ability to work should consider applying for SSDI. However, they must ensure they meet the specific criteria outlined by the SSA and provide comprehensive medical documentation to support their claim. Doing so could potentially help secure the financial support needed to manage their condition.