These days, more knowledge on disability benefits circulates than ever before. Unfortunately, mental health disabilities still do not see as much discussion as their physical counterparts.
Despite that, mental health disorders cause a huge number of workers difficulty at their jobs. In fact, your anxiety disorder may qualify you for benefits, too.
Types of anxiety disorders
Social Security discusses mental disorders in adults that may qualify for disability coverage. These disorders fall under categories, such as anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Under this category, some of the specific disorders include:
- Panic disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Note that this category does not include certain stressor- and trauma-related disorders. They have their own, separate category instead, though they often share overlapping symptoms with anxiety disorders. In fact, many mental health issues are co-morbid. This means if you have one, you are likely to have another.
Shared traits among anxiety disorders
Any disorder that falls under this category shares a few similar traits. For one, they involve excessive fear, worry or anxiety. These feelings may cause avoidance of thoughts, places, people, activities, objects or feelings.
The signs of these disorders may vary in severity and scope. Some of the most common include trouble concentrating or sleeping and hyper-vigilance. Sufferers may also experience physical effects like fatigue, panic attacks and muscle tension. Some suffer from general physical malaise with no identifiable source. Sufferers also commonly experience intrusive thought and the inability to let thoughts go.
If you suffer from any of these issues, consider discussing your mental health history with a legal professional. They can help determine if you qualify for benefits.