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Can I Get Disability Benefits for My Social Anxiety Disorder?

Can I Get Disability Benefits for My Social Anxiety Disorder?

Disability benefits for social anxiety
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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. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Contact an SSDA USA advocate today!

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