Anxiety Disorders and Disability Benefits
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness, affecting about 20 million Americans. A person with an anxiety disorder will consistently experience high levels of anxiety and emotional distress, either on a regular basis or in response to certain conditions. An anxiety disorder can be a painful condition that may affect all areas of a person’s life.
In some cases, anxiety disorders can be so extreme that they may prevent sufferers from working regularly. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder that keeps you from finding or keeping a job, you may be eligible for disability benefits. For more information, call the Indiana long-term disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Most people who suffer from an anxiety disorder will be diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions:
- Generalized anxiety disorder, a constant state of apprehension that interferes with daily functioning
- Social phobia, a fear of interacting with others that makes it difficult to undertake personal or professional tasks
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder, a pattern of irrational thoughts or fears that are usually accompanied by uncontrollable impulses
- Post-traumatic stress disorder, which can develop after a life-threatening accident or assault, and is characterized by recurring flashbacks and phobias related to the incident
- Panic disorder, which causes repeating panic attacks (incidents in which the victim experiences extreme anxiety or fear, usually including physical symptoms such as breathing difficulties, rapid heartbeat, and increased sweating)
Many people who suffer from one or more of these disorders find it difficult to complete mundane tasks, and may be unable to work regularly. Some may even experience agoraphobia, a fear of leaving their homes.
Disability Benefits for Anxiety Sufferers
If you suffer from a disabling anxiety disorder, you may qualify for disability benefits. In order to demonstrate your eligibility, however, you will need thorough medical documentation. You will need evidence of both the symptoms you suffer and the impairments that these symptoms cause.
An important first step in seeking disability benefits for an anxiety disorder is to contact a medical professional who can help you gather the documentation you need. An experienced Indiana long-term disability lawyer can also help you with the paperwork required to prove your eligibility.
At the Hankey Law Office, we work hard to help our clients obtain the resources they need. To discuss how our Indiana long-term disability attorneys can help you, contact us today by calling (800) 520-3633.