While nearly everyone must deal with a certain amount of anxiety in their lives at some point, few may experience it in the same way you do. Indeed, your stress and worry may be severe enough so as to keep you from routinely being able to successfully complete many daily tasks (such as those typically associated with a job).
If and when you experience anxiety to this degree, the question then becomes if your condition qualifies you for Social Security Disability benefits. Such is the query that many people in Alabama pose to us here at Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt.
Demonstrating proof of a stress-related disorder
The answer to that question is yes (provided you meet the Social Security Administration’s qualification criteria). The SSA’s Listing of Impairments details that criteria. According to these guidelines, the first step towards eligibility for benefits due to anxiety is for you to demonstrate the presence of one of the following stress-related conditions:
- Anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Whichever of these conditions you struggle with, you must show how it impedes your ability to function through the direct manifestation of certain symptoms.
Struggling with daily tasks on a chronic basis
In addition, you need to demonstrate either one of the following: that you struggle in completing many of the functions required to fulfill the obligations typically inherent with employment, or that you have a documented history of struggles with anxiety that leaves you with marginal adjustment skills and requires ongoing treatment to mitigate its effects.