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Anxiety Disorder is a mental condition that can result in being unable to work. If you cannot work for over 12 months due to anxiety, then you may be able to win benefits from the SSA. Having some anxiety is normal. Anxiety is normal because it is a normal coping behavior that helps us deal with stress.

When you suffer from anxiety, the symptoms can have a negative impact on your work and home life. You may not want to leave your home. Likewise, you may not want to see your friends or go to work because it causes too much panic. Sometimes, even thinking about doing these activities can create a panic attack.

Those who live with anxiety know what it is like to experience panic attacks. Sometimes those panic attacks have a trigger, but there may be times when they have no knowable cause. Many people who live with an anxiety disorder have to deal with feelings of fear and panic. They may have panic attacks on a daily or weekly basis. Additionally, physical symptoms can occur, such as increased heart rate, muscle tension, nausea, and sweating. A panic attack can also cause chest pain and shortness of breath.

If you have these symptoms, you might have anxiety that qualifies for benefits. If you can’t work for more than 12 months, apply for SSD and SSI benefits. Most importantly, seek treatment. We can help you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for your anxiety and depression. However, we can only help you if you are seeing a doctor. In order to win benefits, you must have medical records that support your disability. Contact us today. We have won SSD benefits for more than 20,000 clients.

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Are you struggling with Generalized Anxiety Disorder? Do you suffer from panic attacks? When you leave the house, do you break out into a cold sweat, panic, and have to come home? These are some of the problems with Anxiety Disorder.  It can impair your ability to function in many environments.

Perhaps you are afraid of other people or think they are talking about you. Likewise, you might have a job that requires you to deal with the public. Maybe, you feel that talking to a customer at work will make you panic. Anxiety can impact your ability to work. In fact, you might have left work because you are having a panic attack. If so, you may be able to win Social Security Disability benefits for Anxiety?

People who suffer from Anxiety have an excessive amount of panic.  It makes them unable to function in the workplace and stops them from leaving home. Social anxiety can interfere with your ability to perform your job duties. If your anxiety stops you from working, you could have a disabling impairment. You should seek treatment and file a disability claim.

For example, you could get treatment from a counselor or a psychologist. You can also see a nurse practitioner or psychiatrist and they can prescribe medication. There is also group therapy. If you cannot afford therapy, we have a list of FREE AND LOW-COST HEALTH CLINICS IN NEVADA on this website that could help you. There are also mental health resources that are free in Utah and California.


If you have severe anxiety, you should see a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes in treating mental health conditions. A psychiatrist can prescribe medications to treat your anxiety. A psychologist is another kind of doctor. They can diagnose anxiety and provide weekly or monthly counseling.

In order to diagnose your anxiety disorder, your psychiatrist or psychologist may:

  • Perform a psychological evaluation. This kind of evaluation is done by asking you many questions about your anxiety. The doctor will also ask about your thoughts and behaviors. Also, the doctor will probably ask you about your life and if there have been any recent stresses or significant changes. The doctor will also ask how your anxiety is impacting your life.
  • Determine if your symptoms are included in the DSM-5. Many doctors use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to diagnose anxiety. The DSM-5 is a book that is published by the American Psychiatric Association. The definitions of mental health conditions are written down in the DSM-5. Sometimes, those definitions change over the years. However, this is the diagnostic criteria that most doctors use.



Counseling, or psychotherapy, means talking to a therapist about your anxiety. Hopefully, working with a counselor will give you skills to deal with panic attacks. Also, talking is helpful in reducing anxiety symptoms. Sometimes, people find that the combination of talk therapy and a low dose of medication, helps them overcome the debilitating symptoms of anxiety.

Another type of therapy that treats anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is known to be effective  for treating anxiety disorders. CBT focuses on teaching you specific skills to improve your anxiety symptoms. Also, it helps you face the events or triggers that cause your anxiety.


Medications, prescribed by your doctor, can help relieve anxiety symptoms. Some of the medications that are used for anxiety are also used for Depression. You should ask your doctor to give you the best medications for your medical condition. Also, do not be surprised if you have to try a number of medications to find the right one. This is often the case. However, if you can find the right medication, it will help. Keep this in mind:

  • Antidepressants, sometimes used for Depression, can also be used to treat anxiety disorders.
  • In some circumstances, your doctor may prescribe medications, such as sedatives. These are also called  beta blockers. These medications are for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms and are not intended to be taken for a long time.


While there are many types of anxiety disorders and symptoms, the SSA has a specific definition for anxiety. The SSA defines anxiety disorder under Listed Impairment 12.06. If you have anxiety, then your medical records will document your symptoms. SSA requires you to have all of following symptoms to meet listing 12.06. The elements of the listing are found below. If you need more information about how to prove the Part B criteria, then read here.


12.06 Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders (see 12.00B5), satisfied by A and B, or A and C:

  1. Medical documentation of the requirements of paragraph 1, 2, or 3:
    1. Anxiety disorder, characterized by three or more of the following;
      1. Restlessness;
      2. Easily fatigued;
      3. Difficulty concentrating;
      4. Irritability;
      5. Muscle tension; or
      6. Sleep disturbance.
    2. Panic disorder or agoraphobia, characterized by one or both:
      1. Panic attacks followed by a persistent concern or worry about additional panic attacks or their consequences; or
      2. Disproportionate fear or anxiety about at least two different situations (for example, using public transportation, being in a crowd, being in a line, being outside of your home, being in open spaces).
    3. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, characterized by one or both:
      1. Involuntary, time-consuming preoccupation with intrusive, unwanted thoughts; or
      2. Repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety.


  1. Extreme limitation of one, or marked limitation of two, of the following areas of mental functioning (see 12.00F):
    1. Understand, remember, or apply information (see 12.00E1).
    2. Interact with others (see 12.00E2).
    3. Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace (see 12.00E3).
    4. Adapt or manage oneself (see 12.00E4).


  1. Your mental disorder in this listing category is “serious and persistent;” that is, you have a medically documented history of the existence of the disorder over a period of at least 2 years, and there is evidence of both:
    1. Medical treatment, mental health therapy, psychosocial support(s), or a highly structured setting(s) that is ongoing and that diminishes the symptoms and signs of your mental disorder (see 12.00G2b); and
    2. Marginal adjustment, that is, you have minimal capacity to adapt to changes in your environment or to demands that are not already part of your daily life (see 12.00G2c).


While not all of the following anxiety disorders are under listing 12.06, there are other listings for severe anxiety disorders. For example, PTSD is under listing 12.15. All of these anxiety conditions can impact you in the work environment and result in you being paid benefits. The five major types of anxiety disorders are:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    Generalized Anxiety Disorder is an anxiety disorder with symptoms of chronic anxiety, excessive worry and tension. You experience these symptoms even when there is no reason to for it.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder where you have recurrent, unwanted thoughts. These thoughts occur obsessively and can result in repetitive behaviors. These behaviors can be things like, for example, washing your hands 40 times a day. Likewise, it could be counting, checking, or cleaning obsessively. Some people count or wash their hands repeatedly to decrease their anxiety. However, trying not to do the repeated activities can increase anxiety.
  • Panic Disorder
    Panic disorder is when you experience unexpected episodes of intense fear. These panic events come along with  physical symptoms. For example, you may get symptoms such as chest pain, a racing heart, and shortness of breath. You may also experience dizziness or abdominal distress.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder develops after exposure to a traumatic event. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults and domestic violence. For example, other events may be natural disasters, severe accidents, or military combat.
  • Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder) Social Phobia is an anxiety disorder where the person has overwhelming anxiety and is overly self-conscious in everyday social situations.

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If you need more information about anxiety disorder, here are more resources.  Additionally, you may be able to take part in a clinical trial. Also, there are options for finding a counselor and getting mental health treatment. See below:

MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine)
(En Español: Medline Plus in Spanish

For information on clinical trials, visit:
(En Español: Investigación Clínica)

For more information on conditions that affect mental health, resources, and research, visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications
Science Writing, Press, and Dissemination Branch

6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 6200, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Phone: 301-443-4513 or
1-866-615-NIMH (6464) toll-free
TTY: 301-443-8431 or
1-866-415-8051 toll free

Fax: 301-443-4279
Website: National Institute of Mental Health

Remember, contacting these resources for help with your anxiety will help you deal with your symptoms. Also, these resources can help you build a medical record to support your SSDI and SSI claim.


The severity of an anxiety disorder can be hard to prove. Therefore, many of the Social Security Disability applications based on anxiety disorders are denied after they apply for benefits. In fact, only 30 percent of initial SSD applications are paid without the need for an appeal. The remaining 70 percent of people must go through an appeals process in order to obtain benefits.

The appeals process includes three steps. First, there is the initial application. The second step is the reconsideration level. Finally, the third step is to request a hearing. Find out more about what happens at the hearing here.

You should not go to a hearing without an attorney. At the hearing, the judge is likely to call witnesses to testify. For example, the judge may call a vocational expert or a medical expert. The medical expert is there to testify about your medical records. Likewise, the vocational expert is at the hearing to testify about your past work. Also, the vocational expert will testify about your ability to do other work in the national economy.

In order to win your case, you have to question these experts. This is a job for an attorney. One who has experience in Social Security Disability law. Don’t leave your future to chance. Hire an attorney to help you.


If you need assistance filing for SSDI or SSI benefits, then you should hire an attorney to help you with your case. At Cannon Disability Law, we help you apply for benefits. We also help you appeal any SSA denial you receive. You only have 60 days to appeal a denial from the SSA. So, don’t delay in calling our office. You do not want to miss the appeal 60 day time limit. We can answer your questions over the phone at no cost to you. We will give you advice on how to appeal an SSA denial.

It is always our goal to win benefits for our clients. In order to win your case, you will need mental health treatment. Seek help from a counselor. Also, get mental health treatment from a psychologist. Have your doctor give you medications to treat your condition. If you don’t have health insurance, then go to the free and low cost mental health sources on this website. We have won over $100 million in ongoing and back due SSD benefits for our clients. Put our experience to work for you. Hire the Cannon Disability Law legal team.

You can hire us for no upfront fee. This is a contingency fee. It means we do not charge you an attorney fee until we win your case. If we do not win your case, there is no attorney fee. If you don’t win, we don’t get paid. Another good reason for us to win.

Most attorneys charge an attorney fee, whether the attorney wins or loses your case. We don’t work like that. You have nothing to lose by hiring us. You only have benefits to gain. Likewise, we offer a free consultation. Call today. See what we can do for your anxiety disorder case.

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