How Can You Get Social Security Disability For Anxiety?

by Sep 28, 2018Disability Benefits

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If you suffer from anxiety disorder, you may be eligible for Social Security disability. In some cases, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability for anxiety. If your anxiety limits your functional capacity to where you cannot work and have difficulty carrying out daily living activities, you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability for your condition.

A Social Security disability lawyer can help you apply and get approved for benefits. The Disability Advantage Group, has helped many clients with anxiety begin collecting the disability benefits they deserve. We offer a free case evaluation and do not charge a fee unless you get approved for disability. Call 865-566-0800 for a free case evaluation.

We Help You Understand the Requirements

There are two ways to get approved for Social Security disability for anxiety: (1) meet every criterion found in the Blue Book, the Social Security’s list of conditions, and (2) complete a Mental Residual Functional Capacity (MRFC) test, an evaluation that measures the extent to which your condition impacts your functionality.

Navigating the Blue Book Listing for Anxiety

The Blue Book listing for anxiety requires you to have a diagnosis that meets at least three of the following criteria:

  • Restlessness
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Persistent irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disorders
  • Constant fatigue

The listing also notes additional requirements around your condition and its effects on certain activities. For more details about how you can get Social Security disability for anxiety, call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLL at 865-566-0800 to schedule a fee consultation.

Other Options to Get Social Security Disability for Anxiety

If you do not meet the Blue Book listing for anxiety, speak with a Social Security disability lawyer about the MRFC test.

The MRFC test for anxiety measures your ability to do the following:

  • Understand and carry out instructions
  • Concentrate on tasks
  • Work without supervision
  • Make good decisions and exercise sound judgment
  • Interact with co-workers
  • Accept criticism
  • Get along with others
  • Practice good personal hygiene
  • Keep a clean and organized work area
  • Respond appropriately to change
  • Deal with stressful situations
  • Make it to work every day, and on time

Once a disability examiner has “graded” you in each category, they compare the results to your work history. If there is a job in your past that the DE feels you would be capable of returning to, they might judge you to be ineligible for disability. To schedule a free evaluation and learn more about your options for Social Security disability, call 865-566-0800.

We Keep You Knowledgeable About All Social Security Disability Requirements

In addition, Social Security disability has non-medical criteria you must satisfy. The non-medical requirements differ between the two disability programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

SSDI Non-Medical Requirements

If applying for SSDI, you need a sufficient work history and record of payroll tax contributions. SSDI operates like an insurance program. Your “premiums” are the payroll taxes you paid while working. Only if you have paid enough in premiums can you file a claim and receive benefits.

SSI Non-Medical Requirements

If applying for SSI, there is no minimum work history or payroll tax requirement, but you must demonstrate a financial need. SSI is a means-tested benefit program for the needy. As such, it has firm upper limits on both income and total assets. If you make too much money or have too many assets, you will get declined by SSI.

Call Today for a Free Case Evaluation With a Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you have questions about your Social Security disability application, an attorney from the Disability Advantage Group, can help. Call 865-566-0800 for a free case evaluation.