Disabilities come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. While some people suffer from physical disabilities that make it impossible for them to seek gainful employment, other people suffer from mental illness. Just like with physical disorders, people must prove to the Social Security Administration that they are suffering from a mental condition that precludes them from working. This can sometimes be difficult for people suffering from mental illness.
When it comes to anxiety-related disorders, the SSA will approve disability benefits if the person can show a severe disability. These anxiety attacks need include consistent and recurrent fears that make it difficult for a person to function. In particular, the person must have certain documented medical reactions that result in certain defined restrictions or difficulties.
According to the SSA, the person must have medical documentation of either persistent anxiety resulting in certain physical reactions, persistent and irrational fear of a particular thing, recurrent and severe anxiety attacks, repeated obsessions or recurrent flashback of traumatic experience.
These symptoms must result in either the complete inability to function in public or at least two other factors. These other factors include repeated decompensation for long periods of time, extreme difficulties with concentration, difficulties with social functioning and a restriction of normal daily living activities.
If a person meets the criteria, then the person can receive SSDI benefits. An attorney can help people understand these factors and whether or not they qualify for benefits under this program. People suffering with debilitating anxiety should not suffer, but should use the benefits that they have earned.