Disability for Anxiety in Washington, D.C.
Financial Relief to Stabilize Your Life
Severe anxiety disrupts your ability to work. It can bring stress, mood and sleep problems that smother your concentration.
When you can’t work, losing income brings even more anxiety. Social Security Disability benefits, including monthly checks, offer financial relief and a chance to stabilize your life.
But proving your case for benefits with anxiety comes with special challenges.
Because it’s a mental health condition—and not something that health care providers and Social Security claims examiners can easily see—you must provide undeniable witness testimony and evidence from your treatment program that your anxiety makes it impossible for you to work.
You should know that you don’t have to do this alone. Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates have helped all kinds of people in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia win benefits for more than 25 years.
Social Security Recognizes Anxiety as a Disability
It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that Social Security Disability benefits are for people who physically can’t work. In fact, Social Security specifically lists anxiety among the mental disorders that can qualify you for benefits.
According to the National Association of Mental Illness, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the country, with an estimated 40 million adults in the U.S. (18 percent) having an anxiety disorder.
You know that anxiety isn’t just about feeling nervous. It means paralyzing apprehension, extreme tension, uneasiness and intense fear. It can be triggered by traumatic life events, including a job loss, death or serious illness of a family member, or even the side effects of a medication.
Some of our staff members at Mathis & Mathis previously worked at the Social Security Administration. We know how the system works, and it doesn’t cost you anything for us to evaluate your chances of winning disability benefits for anxiety.
If you live anywhere from Ashland, Va., to Washington, D.C., to Alexandria, Arlington or Baltimore, tell us about your case.
How to Qualify for Disability for Anxiety
Social Security’s official “blue book” of disability impairments says you must demonstrate symptoms like these to qualify for benefits with anxiety:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Frequent fatigue
- Sleep disturbance
- Muscle tension
You’ll need to show how your symptoms block you from working, including an “extreme” or “marked problem” in one or two of these areas:
- Interacting with others
- Adapting to change or managing yourself
- Understanding, remembering or applying information
- Concentrating or maintaining pace in performing tasks
You prove this with evidence, such as records from medical professionals who have treated you and testimony from friends, family members, clergy or co-workers who have witnessed how your condition affects your daily life.
You have to convince Social Security that your symptoms prevent you from doing any type of job you previously performed, or from switching to a new line of work.
It can benefit you significantly to enlist the help of a professional like a disability advocate who’s experienced in presenting mental health disability cases. And you won’t pay a fee to your advocate until you win benefits.