Living with panic attacks can turn a regular day into one filled with fear and worry. When these feelings strike, you may find yourself at work in the middle of your day face to face with a panic attack.
In most cases, panic attacks are short yet powerful periods of significant psychological distress. You may feel short of breath, begin hyperventilating, feel your heart rate skyrocket, and more. In contrast to how most people handle psychological stress, the person who suffers from panic attacks knows these episodes can strike at any time and force him to cope with fear that is not proportionate to the actual circumstances.
When Panic Attacks Happen at Work
Although a panic attack may not be dangerous, it can create havoc in your life and the lives of your coworkers. Often, panic attacks accompany other disorders, such as depression, medical complications, and substance abuse, among other conditions. In many cases, having a panic attack in a specific location or situation—such as while giving a presentation to an important client—can cause irrational fears of that specific incident, making it difficult to continue working in the same capacity. Because of the intense nature of the episodes, many people who experience panic attacks find it very difficult to perform their jobs.
Getting New Hampshire SSDI for Panic Attacks
The Social Security Administration (SSA) understands the severe nature of these episodes and the impact on your ability to work. For this reason, they offer Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in New Hampshire for panic attacks.
Meeting the disability listing for panic attacks is not always easy. You must meet certain criteria in order to have your application approved. First, you must experience all of the following:
- Attacks of fear, panic, or anxiety with an impending sense of tragedy
- An average of at least two panic attacks weekly
- Unpredictable attacks that come on suddenly
Your symptoms must also result in one of the following:
- Disruption of your ability to function in social environments
- Your ability to leave the house
- Your ability to focus on tasks
- The inability to perform daily activities, such as cooking, bathing, or eating.
If you meet one of these requirements, it is important that you start your application today! For help, fill out the contact form on this page to get in touch with a New Hampshire Social Security disability lawyer at Keefe Disability Law. We will talk to you and help you decide if you qualify to meet these listings, and guide you throughout the process while filling out the application form to maximize your chances at approval.