Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Can I get on disability for panic attacks or anxiety in Mississippi?

Yes. Anxiety and panic attacks are known as anxiety disorders that are recognized by the Social Security Administration.

In order to prove that you suffer from anxiety disorder, there must be a description of your typical reaction when stricken with a panic attack. You must also provide the disability examiner with a description of the nature, frequency and duration of the panic attacks. If you know what triggers the panic attacks, you should also provide this information. Further, if there are things or situations that aggravate or make your anxiety worse, you should provide this information as well.

Disability regulations state that the evidence must show that you suffer from one of the following:

1. Generalized persistent anxiety with certain panic-type symptoms;

2. A persistent irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation which results in a compelling desire to avoid the dreaded object, activity, or situation; or

3. Recurrent severe panic attacks manifested by a sudden unpredictable onset of intense apprehension, fear, terror and sense of impending doom occurring on the average of at least once a week; or

4. Recurrent obsessions or compulsions which are a source of marked distress; or

5. Recurrent and intrusive recollections of a traumatic experience, which are a source of marked distress.

After establishing one of these conditions, the evidence must also show that the conditions and symptoms cause at least two of the following:

1. Marked restriction of activities of daily living; or

2. Marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; or

3. Marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace; or

4. Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration.

(Note that if the anxiety or panic disorder causes a person to be completely incapable of functioning outside the home, then he or she does not have to prove at least two of these results.)

This is a long list of requirements, but getting approved for disability due to anxiety and panic disorder is easier than you think. Please contact our Mississippi disability lawyers today for a free case evaluation.

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