Qualifications for Disability with Anxiety in Albany
Get Support to Ease Your Stress
Anxiety makes it difficult for you to concentrate. You might be irritable and sleep-deprived.
If your symptoms are severe enough, you might be unable to work. That just creates more stress around how you’ll support yourself and your family.
Social Security Disability benefits could provide the financial support you need to stabilize your life.
And debilitating anxiety is one of the mental health conditions that can qualify you for benefits.
How Anxiety Fits into Social Security’s Rules
The Social Security Administration’s “Blue Book” lists impairments, such as mental disorders, that can officially qualify you for disability benefits.
Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders are one of 11 categories of mental health disorders listed in the Blue Book.
But Social Security has thousands of rules for disability benefits.
And mental health problems present special challenges in proving your case. They can be harder than physical ailments for other people to see and confirm.
To give you the best chance of winning the benefits you’ve earned, get support from professionals who know how to present a mental illness.
James Trauring & Associates, LLC, has served Upstate New Yorkers for more than 25 years, helping hard-working people like you.
If anxiety is making it impossible for you to work, get your free case consultation.
How Can I Qualify for Benefits with Anxiety?
Many people get anxiety at certain stressful moments in life, like job losses or divorce.
Sometimes anxiety comes from an adverse reaction to a medication.
When you suffer severe and long-lasting symptoms of anxiety — affecting your ability to function at work or home — that’s when your anxiety may qualify you for disability benefits from Social Security.
What Evidence Do I Need?
Your disability application needs a doctor’s diagnosis of anxiety, including three or more of these conditions as outlined in Social Security’s Blue Book:
- Frequent fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disturbance
You also must show how your anxiety affects your ability to function.
You may be required to show an “extreme” problem in one of the following areas, or a “marked” problem in two of these areas:
- Understanding, remembering, or applying information
- Interacting with others
- Concentrating or maintaining pace in performing tasks
- Adapting to change or managing oneself
Social Security examiners are not licensed psychiatrists. They may not fully understand the limitations anxiety can cause.
Some may think people reporting anxiety are lazy or faking in order to win benefits.
Caring lawyers like the ones at James Trauring & Associates, LLC, can help you counter those attitudes.
What if My Condition Doesn’t Match Social Security’s Rules?
Even if Social Security finds your anxiety doesn’t match a specific disability listing in the Blue Book, it will still consider how your symptoms limit your ability to work.
This is called a medical-vocational allowance.
In general, if your day-to-day symptoms prevent you from working any of your past jobs — or from switching to any other type of work — you may be awarded disability benefits.
Your age, education, work history and level of functioning will all be factors.
Proving My Case
Your most important evidence will be from medical professionals who have treated you.
You need to show:
- Existence of impairment, which includes “objective medical evidence.”
- Severity of impairment demonstrating how it affects your ability to work.
- Non-medical sources such as testimony from family members, friends, coworkers and others who know you. They can describe how you handle common situations, how you deal with others and how your anxiety affects your ability to work.
Because it’s often more difficult proving a disability due to anxiety than a physical ailment, it can make a real difference to get a professional helping you build your case.
The severity of your condition based on your evidence and documentation will determine your claim’s success.
James Trauring & Associates, LLC, has a well-qualified team of lawyers, legal assistants and staff members who make successful disability claims for hardworking, deserving New Yorkers.