If you suffer from extreme anxiety, it can often be difficult for you to convey to other people in Birmingham just how deeply the condition impacts your daily life. Many may claim that everyone deals with anxiety to some degree; it is just something that people are expected to work their way through. Yet as you and many of those that we here at the Law Offices of Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt, LLC can attest to, anxiety can indeed be a disabling condition.

If yours reaches the point that it hinders your ability to work, then seeking Social Security Disability benefits may seem like a logical option. However, you may fear that some of the general misconceptions about the condition may come into play when determining your eligibility. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration has set clinical indicators to measure the severity of your condition.

Per the SSA’s List of Impairments, you can qualify for SSD benefits if you can show (through clinical documentation) that you suffer from one of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder or agoraphobia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Additionally, you need to have clinical documentation verifying that you have been dealing with “serious and persistent” anxiety for at least two years, and evidence suggests that continuing treatment is necessary to manage the condition. It also must be shown that your anxiety has left you with minimal capacity to adapt and adjust to changes in your daily environment.

If you have not been seeking such treatment, then you must demonstrate an extreme limitation in the ability to understand and/or apply information, to interact with others, to main focus or to manage yourself.

You can discover more information about qualifying for SSD benefits by continuing to browse through our site.