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Anxiety-related disorders and SSDI

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, around 26.2 percent, or one in four, adults in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness, with around 6 percent suffering from a serious mental illness. Serious mental disorders would include things like schizophrenia, bipolar, major depression and schizo-affective disorder. Of all the types of mental illnesses, anxiety disorders are the most common, with roughly 40 million adults in the United States suffering an anxiety disorder.

As the National Institute of Mental Health points out, mental illnesses come in various forms, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, and so on. Often these conditions come in pairs. However it appears, mental illnesses can obviously present a real challenge in daily life, particularly with respect to finding and maintaining gainful employment. When this happens, it is worth it to look into the possibility of Social Security disability benefits. 

The Social Security Administration considers anxiety disorders under the anxiety-related disorders section of the mental disorders listing. In order to qualify under the listing, one must provide adequate medical evidence meeting all listed conditions. This is not possible for all people who suffer from impairing anxiety, though, and it is important for those in this situation to look into the possibility of obtaining a medical vocational allowance, which involves a determination of eligibility apart from the requirements of the listing of impairments.

An experienced SSDI attorney know how to navigate the system and those working on a disability application can really benefit from the guidance and advocacy of such an attorney. 

Source: Tech Times, “1 in 4 U.S. adults suffer diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year,” Michael McEnaney, May 27, 2014.Social Security Administration, Disability Evaluation Under Social Security—mental disorders,” Accessed June 3, 2014. 

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