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Anxiety and Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability and Anxiety Disorders Lawyer Utah

What Social Security Is Looking For Regarding Anxiety

Persons suffering from anxiety disorders are eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if their anxiety prevents them from working or maintaining a job. In most cases, individuals who qualify for SSDI due to anxiety must be under the care of a psychiatrist or psychologist for their condition. Most people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits are initially denied. However, there is an appeals process that often results in a favorable decision for those willing to work with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney who understands how to prepare and position your case at each level of appeal.

At the law office of E. Craig McAllister, my practice is devoted solely to Social Security Disability law in Utah. I have helped countless clients apply for and receive the benefits they need and deserve. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder that prevents you from working, contact Provo, Utah Social Security Disability benefits attorney E. Craig McAllister today to schedule a free consultation to learn how I can help you.

Anxiety, Compulsions, Phobias, and Social Security Disability

In general, the Social Security Administration is looking for the following in regard to anxiety:

  • Recurrent and intrusive recollections of a traumatic experience, which are a source of marked distress. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD)
  • Generalized persistent anxiety accompanied by vigilance and scanning, motor tension, apprehensive expectations, or autonomic hyperactivity. (Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD)
  • Recurrent obsessions or compulsion, which is a source of marked distress. (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD)
  • A persistent irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation which results in a compelling desire to avoid the dreaded object, activity, or situation. (Phobias such as agoraphobia -- fear of crowds/leaving home.)
  • Recurrent severe panic attacks manifested by a sudden unpredictable onset of intense apprehension, fear, terror, and a sense of impending doom, occurring on the average of at least once a week.

Once any of the above symptoms or disorders associated with anxiety is established, the Social Security Administration evaluates how these symptoms restrict activities of daily living, maintaining social functioning, maintaining concentration, persistence or pace.

Additional information is available on the Social Security Administration's website.

Victories for anxiety

Some clients for whom I've won benefits because of anxiety:

August 2014

A 43 year old former housekeeper and labeler who could no longer work because of panic disorder, ADHD, depression, borderline intellectual functioning and severe occupational and social impairments.

In June 2014

A 51 year old former university career and academic student counselor, state rehabilitation department case manager and employment counselor, and HR manager who could no longer work because of post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD),and other problems.

In March 2014

A 43 year old former telephone surveyor, convenience store cashier, and retail sales clerk who could no longer work because of anxiety and other problems.
 
In January 2014
 
A 36 year old former housekeeper, office aide/bookkeeper, receptionist, day care worker, retail manager, and cashier who could no longer work because of anxiety and PTSD.
 
In December 2013
 
A 50 year old  who was not able to work because of anxiety, panic attacks, and otehr problems.
 
A 24 year old former cashier and caregiver who could no longer work because of anxiety and other problems.
 
November 2013
A 58 year old former accounts receivable clerk who could no longer work because of anxiety with panic attacks, agoraphobia and other problems.
 
A 41 year old former fast food worker, telephone solicitor, landscape and packaging laborer who could no longer work because of social anxiety and other problems.
 
A 36 year old former motel housekeeper, office aide, bookkeeper, receptionist, day care worker, retail manager, and cashier who could no longer work because of anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 
Questions Regarding Anxiety and SSDI or SSI?

It is possible for persons suffering from anxiety disorders to receive Social Security Disability benefits, especially when they suffer from other medical or psychological conditions as well. If you are unsure if you have grounds for applying for SSDI or SSI, contact Provo, Utah Social Security Disability lawyer E. Craig McAllister today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and the options available to you.