One of the most common mistakes that we see our disabled Texans making when they apply for Social Security disability benefits is failing to list their mental illnesses in addition to their physical ailments. All too often, those struggling with chronic pain, a terminal illness, or other debilitating physical health condition are also struggling with the very real problems of anxiety and panic disorders. However, few think to report their anxiety disorder when applying for Social Security disability benefits.
Proving your anxiety disorder
While many people report some anxiety issues at certain points in their lives, others are being treated for specific anxiety issues such as generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, or phobias. If your doctor has diagnosed you with one of these issues, if it is expected to last more than one year, if you are following a treatment plan for your anxiety, and if your anxiety is part of the reason that you are unable to return to work, there is no reason that you should not include your anxiety issues when applying for Social Security disability benefits.
Don’t let mental illness continue to be a taboo health topic
Why do people avoid listing their anxiety disorder on their application for SSDI or SSI benefits? Many say that they are simply embarrassed to discuss their mental health issues – even with a government agency. Others simply don’t think that an invisible disease like anxiety would qualify them for benefits. It’s time to stop thinking about anxiety disorders as taboo topics instead of what they are: very real diseases that can prevent you from holding down a job and enjoying everyday life.
Houston Social Security disability attorney
Do you need to apply for benefits for both a physical disability and a diagnosed anxiety disorder? Or has your application for disability benefits been wrongfully denied? Get help from the Texas Social Security disability attorneys at Morgan & Weisbrod today. Call 800-800-6353.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.