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Can you get long-term disability benefits for anxiety?

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2020 | Social Security Disability | 0 comments

Georgia residents like you may want to look into disability benefits for anxiety. Physical disabilities often get the most discussion. But that does not mean that mental disabilities disqualify you from disability benefits. 

In particular, anxiety disorders may lead to severe conditions. These conditions might qualify for application to disability insurance. 

Types of anxiety disorders 

The National Institutes of Health look into long-term disability in anxiety. They look at different types of anxiety disorders. This includes: 

  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD) 
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) 
  • Multiple anxiety disorder (multiple AD) 
  • Panic disorder with agoraphobia (PDA) 
  • Panic disorder without agoraphobia (PD) 

Each disorder has its own set of symptoms. They affect people in different ways. According to the study, SAD and multiple AD had the highest rate of long-term disability. By comparison, people with PDA and PD had the lowest rate. People who suffered from GAD tended to fall in the middle. 

Seeking benefits for disabling anxiety 

At their worst, anxiety disorders can cripple a person’s ability to live. You may not want to leave the house. You might spiral into panic and anxiety attacks. You may feel physical symptoms. This includes an inability to breathe or focus. You might suffer from constant headaches or heart palpitations. These issues make it hard to focus on work. 

Some types of anxiety result in longer term disabilities. You battle these anxiety disorders your entire life. Other types of anxiety disorder may need short-term disability. You can work with a mental health professional and doctor to determine what suits you best. From there, you can decide how you want to apply for disability benefits. 


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