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Accidents, Injuries, and SSDI: What You Need to Know

Accidents, Injuries, and SSDI: What You Need to Know

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Everyone’s circumstances are different, but depending on yours, you could be eligible for SSDI benefits after an accident. Let us from SSDA go over the requirements of SSDI:

Disability Requirements

Regardless of whether you’ve been in an accident, you must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability before you can receive any disability benefits. You must meet the following requirements:

  • You have a medical condition that prevents you from participating in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), and
  • The condition has lasted or is expected to last for no less than 12 months or will result in death.

Keeping this in mind, let’s go over a few examples that would not qualify. For one, if your injury will not last for a period of 12 months or more, you will not qualify for disability benefits. However, even if your injury does last that long, it must be sufficiently debilitating, so much so that you cannot engage in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA).

SGA is a minimum monthly income that proves to the Social Security Administration that you are able to work. In other words, the SSA will, before granting benefits, check to make sure you cannot engage in any kind of work, whether it’s current work, past work, or other conceivable kinds of work.

Work Credit Requirements

Once you meet the disability requirements, you must also meet the work credit requirements. People must have earned a certain amount of work credits before qualifying for SSDI. Generally, the number of required work credits goes up with age. Because of this requirement, meeting the disability definition without having enough work credits will result in disqualification. However, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

While you usually cannot engage in SGA and receive disability benefits at the same time, there are some exceptions. For example, if you are working part time and your income is under the SGA amount, you may still be eligible for benefits. Even if you are earning SGA, however, the Social Security Administration may begin a 9-month trial period where you can still receive your SSDI benefits for 9 months. If you are earning the SGA amount or above after the 9-month trial period, your SSDI benefits will stop.

To Sum Up

To qualify for SSDI benefits after an accident, you must meet both the medical and work credit requirements. You must meet the SSA’s definition of disability, and you must, generally speaking, have earned a certain amount of work credits and not earn SGA or above.

Wondering More About SSDI Benefits After an Accident?

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The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, a representative-client relationship.

The Value of Social Security – The Cost and Coverage in 2019

The Value of Social Security – The Cost and Coverage in 2019

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Social Security aids many people every year with retirement, disability, survivor, and other benefits. It’s natural, then, for so many reliant people to be concerned with the status of social security funds. Recent projections estimate that changes need to occur for social security to continue functioning at an optimal level. Social Security Disability Advocates USA is here with an overview of the current financial situation of social security.

What is Social Security?

Social Security is the umbrella that describes the benefits the Social Security Administration distributes. In the early 1900s, with the industrial revolution, urbanization of America, and increased life expectancies, people were finding themselves more and more without care and without savings, especially as they got older.

A change had to happen. People in America, up until the early 1930s, had little to rely on after they retired. Even though state-run pension systems existed prior to the Social Security Act (and company pensions existed even earlier), the relief was not enough for the majority of Americans. The benefits simply could not sustain people after they retired.

President Franklin Roosevelt created the social security program on August 14, 1935 during the Great Depression to care for the poor and elderly. Additional benefits for spouses, children, and the disabled were added as time went on. Now, the Social Security Administration cares for about one in five people in the United States – that’s about 62 million people!

Where Do Social Security Funds Come From?

The funds for social security’s programs come from primarily the FICA tax, or the payroll tax. Workers pay 6.2% of their wages up to the taxable maximum, and their employers also pay 6.2% (if you are self-employed, you pay 12.4%) up to the taxable maximum. Social security is a pay-as-you-go program, meaning that workers’ current contributions aid current beneficiaries.

These funds go into two trust funds from which the Social Security Administration distributes benefits: the Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) trust fund, and the Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund. These trust funds are separate by law, but to talk about social security as a whole, let’s combine them to make the OASDI.

The majority of OASDI funds come from the payroll taxes. However, additional funds come from interest earned on trust fund reserves, revenue from taxing social security benefits, and reimbursements from the General Fund of the Treasury.

What is the Problem?

Whenever the Social Security Administration has excess funds, it must by law invest those funds for future beneficiaries. For the past few decades, social security has been collecting more money than it has been distributing in benefits. This left their OASDI trust fund reserves with $2.9 trillion. However, this is soon to change.

Here’s the problem:

The birth rate of Americans is on the decline. In fact, 2017 had a birth rate of about 1,765 births per 1,000 women. This is far less than the 2,100 births per 1,000 women that would keep the population going. The birth rate is so low, in fact, that if it weren’t for immigration, the U.S. population would be declining.

Combine this with the fact that baby boomers are retiring at astonishing rates. About 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement age each day, and there just aren’t as many young people that are working and paying towards social security. Thus, if trends continue, the Social Security Administration will need to dip into its OASDI trust funds reserves to pay for the promised benefits.

How Much Is Social Security?

In 2018, the total income of the social security administration was $1,003 billion, and the total expenditures cost $952 billion. This left the trust funds reserves with an additional $51 billion. $920 billion of the money spent was non-interest income, while $83 billion came from interest earnings.

Since its inception, however, the Social Security Administration has collected many trillions of dollars. The value of social security, in total, accounts for about 6% of the U.S. GDP (even though SSA funds are not technically calculated in the GDP).

Will Social Security Last?

Under intermediate assumptions, the OASDI trust funds reserves are adequate for approximately the next 10 years to cover projected costs. However, because of increased life expectancies, greater amounts of retirees, fewer people in the workforce, and greater income inequality, the social security trust funds reserves will most likely run dry by 2035, according to the most recent report.

Looking at the OASI and DI trust funds separately, the DI trust fund will run dry by 2052. At that point, continued income will be sufficient for 96% of scheduled benefits. The OASI trust fund is on track to run dry in 2034, at which point continued income will be sufficient for 77% of scheduled benefits. Combined, though, the OASDI trust funds will run dry in 2035, at which point continued income will cover about 79% of scheduled benefits.

This means that if nothing changes, nearly one-fourth of benefits amounts will be cut for beneficiaries.

How Can We Prevent This?

To begin, the lack of money in the social security trust funds does not mean social security is headed towards bankruptcy or insolvency. Even if the trust funds were to become insolvent, the payroll tax generates enough money to pay for 79% of scheduled benefits. Now, the ideal number would be higher than this, but it is not zero. If trust funds do run dry, social security beneficiaries will get significantly less money, but at least they’ll get something.

To prevent social security trust funds from becoming insolvent, legislators in Congress have to act. The Social Security Administration can do very little on its own; the fact remains that laws must change for social security to remain solvent.

Legislators in Congress, thankfully, have a variety of options to choose from. Here are just a few considerations:

Solutions

  • Increase taxes – An increase in the FICA tax is a simple, straightforward option that could help lessen or close the financial gap social security suffers from. The current employer/employee percentage is 6.2%. Raising this percentage even just a little could help with the approaching shortcomings.
  • Cut the COLACost of Living Adjustments (COLA) are factored into social security benefits and are determined by a variety of factors. A lower COLA would mean more money saved for future beneficiaries, but less money for current beneficiaries.
  • Increase the taxable maximum – For 2019, the current taxable maximum amount of income for an individual is $132,900. Raising the maximum would allow the SSA to collect more money for beneficiaries.
  • Cut benefits – Cutting benefits, while certainly not a popular option, would help save money to keep the trust funds solvent for future beneficiaries.
  • Change eligibility requirements – Raising the retirement age seems to be one of the least harmful options. Having people working and contributing more before collecting benefits puts more cash in the SSA’s trust funds.

Have Questions About the Value of Social Security?

If you have questions about income limits and your eligibility for disability benefits, contact Social Security Disability Advocates USA right away! Our advocates are always standing by and ready to address all your social security disability concerns. Call us anytime at 602-952-3200, or contact us on the web and check out our Live Chat feature. Consultations are free, so don’t wait; contact us today!

Smoking and Social Security – What You Need to Know

Smoking and Social Security – What You Need to Know

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Cigarettes, marijuana, vaping – all of these can negatively impact your social security disability benefits. As such, our team at Social Security Disability Advocates USA wants you to know how disability is defined and what that means for you.

Meeting the Definition of Disability

No matter what substances you take, the first step in claiming social security disability benefits is meeting the definition of disability. Keep in mind, the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled” differs from that of a medical professional. Here are the criteria for disability according to the SSA:

  • You suffer from a disability that has lasted/will last for no less than one year, OR
  • Your disability is expected to result in death.
  • Finally, your condition MUST prevent you from earning Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). This means you must be unable to engage in current work, previous work, or any other kinds of reasonable work based on your age and education. You must also earn under a certain amount of money.

With this information in mind, what is the relationship of smoking and social security disability benefits? First, let’s take a look at the negative effects of smoking and vaping.

The Potential Negative Effects

Smoking cigarettes, inhaling cannabis, and vaping regularly can have negative consequences when filing for disability benefits. Before you apply for your social security disability benefits, you should consider how these habits can affect you overall.

Respiratory Problems

Frequent smoking has been linked to problems with users’ respiratory tracts. Cancers of the lungs, trachea, and mouth are all possible results of regular cigarette or cigar use. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is also a distinct possibility and can include conditions such as irreversible chronic asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.

However, cigarettes and cigars alone aren’t the only cause of potential respiratory problems – smoking marijuana and using vape/juul products can also cause similar problems. For example, both marijuana and vape usage can lead to irritation of the lungs and increased risks of lung infection.

Further common respiratory problems associated with smoking and vaping include:

NOTE: Even though some may say vaping isn’t as bad as smoking, vaping/juuling carry their own risks. Remember, vaping/juuling is not healthy! There is no scientific evidence stating that vaping/juuling has fewer health risks than cigarettes. In fact, vaping/juuling could potentially cause severe conditions such as popcorn lung and vision problems.

Circulatory Problems

Problems with the circulatory system are always possible when smoking or vaping. Changes in blood pressure and heart rate are common side effects of smoking cigarettes, vaping, and smoking marijuana. Such changes could lead to the increased risk of a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems such as the abnormal and prolonged stiffening of blood vessels.

Some possible circulatory problems from smoking/vaping include the following:

  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Stiffening of blood vessels
  • Heart disease
  • Chest pains
  • Problems with blood pressure

NOTE: Even though medical marijuana is prevalent in many states, people that have a history of heart disease, blood pressure problems, and other heart conditions should not use marijuana. Consult your health care professional for what treatment is right for you.

Mental Problems

Various mental and cognitive problems can occur after using cigarettes, cigars, vapes/juuls, or marijuana. The most severe problems are perhaps paranoia, panic attacks, and, occasionally, hallucinations.

Marijuana, for instance, could potentially hasten the onset of schizophrenia, in addition to worsening the symptoms of people who already have psychosis. Marijuana may also be linked to depression and anxiety.

As for smoking and vaping, these habits are linked to anxiety and depression, as well. Furthermore, all three substances (traditional tobacco, vapes, and marijuana) can cause the user to become psychologically dependent and addicted.

Here are some common mental problems from smoking/vaping:

  • Hastened onset of schizophrenia (from marijuana)
  • Hallucinations and panic attacks (from marijuana)
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Depression
  • Mood alterations
  • Short-term memory impairment (from marijuana)
  • Movement impairments (from marijuana)

Other Conditions

This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but all of these substances can cause many other health concerns.

For instance, smoking, vaping, and marijuana can cause sexual problems in males and pregnancy problems for women. These substances also can cause problems in the bones, tooth decay, immune system problems, and problems with socializing/academic performance for adolescents.

Conflicts with Social Security

Now that you know how these substances can affect you, it’s time we delve into how smoking and social security interact.

Inhaling these substances can be viewed as bad for your health by SSA. If you suffer from a disability and smoke or vape, your chances of approval are at risk.

Why the Conflict?

Simple. When the people at your Disability Determination Services (DDS) center review your case, they look closely at your behaviors. If smoking cigarettes, marijuana, or vaping show up, well, it may reflect badly on you.

As far as they are concerned, if your disability were really so bad, you would do everything you could to get better. Also, they may see smoking/vaping as the cause of your condition, and if you refuse to quit, they will assume you really don’t want to get better. However, even if smoking/vaping is not a contributing factor to your condition, they may still view you in a negative light.

In other words, smoking/vaping will not look good when you file your social security benefits claim.

What Could Happen to Your Benefits?

What happens to your benefits depends on the substance being used, how often and for what reasons, and how your condition is affected.

First, not all substances are equal. Cigarettes and cigars, for example, can be more harmful than vaping in some aspects. However, both cigarettes and vaping can be, in some aspects, more harmful than marijuana.

The DDS may not necessarily make a distinction between which substance you use. To them, if you ingest a substance that harms you and potentially contributes to your condition, your benefits are at risk.

How often you smoke/vape can influence your benefits claim, too. The DDS may be more lenient on someone who has one cigarette per month as opposed to a pack a day. In addition to this, though, the reasons for taking such substances are sometimes considered.

For instance, if you are someone who smokes cigarettes, but you can demonstrate that you have cut back and are trying diligently to quit, this may help your claim. In other words, smoking solely because of addiction while trying to cut back may look better than choosing to purchase cigarettes instead of paying for medical bills.

On the flip side, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may not be so generous. To demonstrate, let’s say you consume medical marijuana. Because marijuana is still a schedule one substance, your odds of approval may be reduced. Even if you have genuinely good (medical) reasons for smoking marijuana, the fact that it’s still federally illegal can hurt your chances of approval. If you mention that you smoke marijuana recreationally and not medically, your chances of approval further plummet.

To add on to this, if your condition is in any way negatively affected by smoking/vaping, you could be denied. It’s your job to prove that smoking/vaping doesn’t contribute to your disability; that is, you must prove you would still suffer from your condition even if you were to quit smoking/vaping.

Essentially, then, no good will come from smoking/vaping (in terms of social security disability), no matter how small the amount. Because of this, you should do everything you can to cut back and work towards quitting smoking/vaping.

What Should You Do?

While smoking and social security don’t often work well together, it’s still possible to qualify for benefits. Here are some things you can do to increase your odds of approval:

  • Gather evidence – Make sure you have all the medical evidence related to your disability. Get doctors’ notes, test results, and other paperwork ready to be examined. It would also help if you could get doctors’ opinions on exactly how smoking/vaping affects your condition, if at all.
  • Quit smoking – While we know it can be difficult to quit smoking, your disability case will look better for it. Quit cold turkey, or at least cut back on how much you smoke. Even switching to less harmful substances such as nicotine gum may look better than continuing to smoke.
  • Consult an advocateYou should contact SSDA USA immediately for a free consultation. We can help you through the process of getting social security disability benefits.

Need More Info. About Smoking and Social Security Disability?

If you have further questions about smoking and social security disability benefits, contact an SSDA USA advocate right away! Call us anytime at 602-952-3200, or contact us on the web and use our LiveChat feature. Consultations are absolutely free. Don’t keep your questions waiting; call SSDA USA right away!

Also, check out our infographic below for a quick wrap-up of what you’ve just learned.

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, a representative-client relationship.

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An Easy Step by Step Guide to SSDI

An Easy Step by Step Guide to SSDI

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If you suffer from a disability, chances are that you are wondering what benefits you can receive. What is social security disability? How do I qualify? What comes with SSDI? If you find yourself asking any of these questions, you’ve arrived at the correct place. Social Security Disability Advocates USA has the answers, so get ready to learn all about SSDI step by step.

The Definition: Social Security Disability Insurance

What is Social Security Disability Insurance? Well, Social Security Disability Insurance – or SSDI, for short – is a program that the Social Security Administration (SSA) manages. The funds for this program come from payroll taxes, e.g. Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes. SSDI aids people who have worked and became disabled. Essentially, it’s semantically similar to an early retirement for people who couldn’t continue working because of their disability.

How Do I Qualify for SSDI?

SSDI doesn’t allow just anyone to qualify. First, you must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability, which is as follows:

  • You have a condition that prevents you from working and earning Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), and
  • Your condition has lasted/will last for no less than 12 months or will result in your death.

Even if you meet this requirement, you’ll still have to present substantial proof that your condition is disabling according to the SSA. You’ll need to provide medical records that are timely, accurate, and substantial. You also must provide any work-related documents, fill out various forms, and complete various other paperwork. Don’t be careless! Even a single error could result in a technical denial of your application.

TIP: The monthly SGA amount for 2019 is $1,220 for non-blind individuals and $2,040 for blind individuals. However, you could still potentially work while receiving SSDI benefits because of the SSA’s trial work period. Contact SSDA USA for more information!

In addition, you must have worked and earned a certain amount of work credits. The number of required work credits varies based on age, so it isn’t at all like the fixed number of work credits required for retirement. SSDI is also not the same as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which doesn’t use work history as a criterium.

How Do I Apply for SSDI?

When you’re ready to apply for SSDI, you can go about it in a variety of ways. You can apply online, by phone, or in person. Regardless of your method, the requirements are the same.

TIP: Keep in mind that whenever you apply for social security benefits, you always have the right to representation. Don’t trust that the government is doing right by you. Contact an SSDA USA representative to guide you through the application process.

You must provide some personal information to start off the application process. For example, you should have all your medications and medical records handy when applying. You’ll have to provide the addresses of all the doctors you visit, proof of your identity, laboratory/test results along with medical records, and many other documents.

Be exhaustive! It’s important to be transparent and honest with the Social Security Administration and with your Disability Determination Services (DDS) office. If they find out they’re missing something or that you’re lying, you may not qualify. Even worse – if they find out after you’ve begun receiving benefits, you may have to pay them back.

What Should I Do if I Get Denied?

Chances are more than likely you won’t receive benefits after your initial application. In fact, only about one-third of applicants get approved on their first try. But don’t worry. There are many steps you can take.

TIP: Many people think filing a whole new application is better than appealing the denial. This is often not true. Contact SSDA USA for guidance on appealing your SSDI denial.

If your initial claim gets denied, you can file a request for reconsideration. About 11% of people get approved at this level. After this, you can still file for a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). The approval rating at this point is around 58%. If you still don’t see approval, you can request that an Appeals Council reviews your case. If they dismiss your case or still deny you benefits, the final step you can take is going to a federal district court. The approval ratings at this point are very low, but if you truly feel it’s the way to go, you should consider this option.

What Happens When I’m Approved?

Once you’re approved for benefits, you will most likely receive back pay (benefits from your application date to the present) and possibly retroactive benefits (benefits from your disability start date to the application date).

You will also receive an approval letter that discusses the details of your benefits. Such a letter tells you what your benefits are, why those benefits apply to you, how your benefits were calculated, etc.

The dates that you receive benefits depend on your birthday and are organized into three groups:

  • If your birthday is from the 1st to the 10th, you will receive your benefits on the second Wednesday of each month.
  • If your birthday is from the 11th to the 20th, your benefits will arrive to you on the third Wednesday of each month.
  • Finally, if your birthday is from the 21st to 31st, you’ll receive your benefits on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

TIP: The benefits you receive each month are the benefits owed to you the month before. In addition, some holidays can affect your benefits schedule. Contact SSDA USA for any questions you may have.

What’s Next?

Keep in mind, SSDI approval is not the light at the end of the tunnel. While it’s a huge relief for many people to finally get approval, you should never forget that keeping approval is also important.

After SSDI approval, a follow-up interview may be necessary. Interviewers may ask you information about your bank, as well as if you want to sign up your children or other eligible members of your family for benefits.

TIP: 24 months after your SSDI approval, you become automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. For other SSDI secrets, contact SSDA USA.

After a possible initial interview, you should expect future mandatory Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs). Depending on the severity of your disability and whether it’s expected to improve, you may have more or less time between CDRs. For example, the general range is from three to seven years after your benefits approval. If your condition is expected to improve, though, a CDR could take place sooner. If your condition is expected to remain constant or even get worse, a CDR might occur later. CDRs are more frequent for individuals younger than age 50, and children will have a mandatory CDR once they reach age 18.

In addition, certain events could trigger a CDR. For example, if you return to work, your DDS office and the SSA may see this as a sign that you’re no longer suffering from a disability. New medical evidence, informing the SSA about your condition’s improvement, and new methods of treatment are all things that could trigger a CDR. If a CDR determines that your condition has significantly improved, your benefits could stop. If a CDR does not determine that your condition has significantly improved, you should continue receiving your benefits as you normally would.

Want to Know More SSDI Step by Step Tricks?

If you have more questions about the SSDI step by step process, contact Social Security Disability Advocates USA today! We are always standing by and ready to address all your questions and concerns.

Give us a call anytime at 602-952-3200. Also, be sure to contact us online and check out our LiveChat feature. Don’t keep your questions bottled up; contact an advocate for help right away!

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Can I Get Disability Benefits for My Social Anxiety Disorder?

Can I Get Disability Benefits for My Social Anxiety Disorder?

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When it comes to Social Security disability benefits, a lot of people mistakenly think they must suffer from a physical disability in order to qualify. However, this is not true, and there are many mental conditions that are debilitating, as well. For example, individuals who suffer from a social anxiety disorder may be incapable of safely performing their job.

In fact, some individuals have such severe social anxiety that they can not be around people without suffering. If your condition is this severe, you may qualify for social anxiety disability benefits.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety is an extreme fear and discomfort over being judged by others or of being humiliated while in public. It can range from mild to severe, but those who have severe forms of social anxiety will often go out of their way to avoid attention. They will avoid people to the point where they cannot do basic tasks such as going to a public restroom or speaking in front of others.

It’s worth noting that social anxiety isn’t just a mental disorder. While it is a mental condition, there are often physical symptoms, as well. Some of the physical symptoms of social anxiety can include blushing, sweating, muscle tension, difficulty speaking, and an increased heart rate.

Many people with social anxiety often fear that people will notice their symptoms. Because of this, they may avoid interactions with other people altogether. Additionally, social anxiety could lead to even more serious mental conditions such as certain phobias as well as depression.

The causes of social anxiety are not entirely clear, although there are a lot of theories. Some experts believe that it’s the result of a combination of genetics and a low self-esteem.

Others point out that an imbalance of serotonin contributes to social anxiety; this imbalance could impact your body’s functions, e.g. mood, memory, and sleep in peculiar ways. Some experts believe social anxiety is more of an environmental/learned behavior and can be deconditioned.

Does Social Anxiety Qualify You for Benefits?

If you suffer from severe social anxiety and it’s preventing you from working, then there’s a good chance that you may qualify for Social Security benefits. However, an official diagnosis can be challenging to obtain.

This is in addition to the fact that many people can live normal lives and perform their jobs despite social anxiety. This is because social anxiety disorders vary greatly from mild to severe. Because of this, just saying you suffer from social anxiety won’t qualify you for benefits.

In order to qualify for disability benefits for social anxiety, you will need to provide extensive medical evidence as well as detailed accounts of your daily life. A psychologist or psychiatrist must complete an official diagnosis. You’ll also need to prove that you attempted treatment, which generally involves prescribed medications or cognitive behavioral therapies.

Additionally, your symptoms must match those listed under Anxiety-related Mental Disorders in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book. You’ll also have to prove that you have at least three symptoms of the listed four, which include motor tension, autonomic hyperactivity, apprehensive expectation, and vigilance, and scanning. Finally, you must prove that your anxiety prevents you from normal function outside your home.

Have Questions About Disability Benefits for Social Anxiety?

If you suffer from severe symptoms as a result of a social anxiety disorder, then you may qualify for disability benefits for social anxiety. For professional advice on applying for Social Security benefits, schedule a free consultation online today at Social Security Disability Advocates USA. You can also reach us 24/7 by phone at 602-952-3200 or by use of our LiveChat feature. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Contact an SSDA USA advocate today!

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute a representative-client relationship.