How Your Anxiety May Qualify You for Massachusetts Social Security Disability
Anxiety can shake up your life, leaving you unable to perform the tasks you once were able to do. As debilitating as it may feel to you, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict guidelines to determine the severity of anxiety and whether or not you qualify for benefits based on your anxiety-related disorder.
There are two parts that make up the anxiety-related disorder qualifications. First, you must have had one of the following conditions for the past twelve months or more. These conditions must also be expected to last at least another twelve months.
- Generalized anxiety disorders. Hyperactivity, hyper-alertness, muscle tension, and apprehension characterize these psychological ailments.
- Panic disorders. Ongoing panic attacks that happen at least once a week.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Ongoing obsessive behavior that leads to distress.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder. Ongoing recollections of an intense or traumatic event.
- Phobia. An ongoing irrational fear that causes you to avoid certain situations.
In addition to having at least one of the above named disorders, the SSA requires that in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits in Boston, your disorder interferes with at least two of the following:
- Daily life
- Social functions
- Performing a task at a reasonable pace
It takes a lot of documentation and paperwork from the right professionals to demonstrate that you have an anxiety-related disorder, and that your disorder impacts you in at least two of the required ways. Because mental disorders are not tangible, they can be harder to prove when it comes to demonstrating the extent and severity of your disorder to the SSA.
Applying for Boston SSD can be an overwhelming experience. To help you get the best possible outcome from your application for disability benefits due to an anxiety-related disorder, it is important that you work with a Massachusetts SSDI attorney. Call us today at 888-904-6847 to learn more about how we can help you get the coverage you need and deserve.