Meeting A Social Security Disability Listing For An Mental Disorder or Anxiety
The Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn’t make it easy for those with mental disorders to get the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve.
The SSA uses a Five Step sequential evaluation and, at Step 3, SSA will determine whether or not our mental disorder meets a Listing.
How Does The Social Security Administration Determine If You Meet A Listing for Anxiety Disorders?
The SSA has developed guidelines of which medical conditions qualify a Social Security applicant for Social Security Disability benefits based on their medical records alone. Section 12 of the Blue Book deals with mental disorders. It outlines what types of mental disorders qualify for benefits and what you must prove.
To meet a listing at Step 3, you must show that you meet the criteria for the Listing or your disabling conditions equal a listed criteria.
It’s crucial that you show that you are receiving and complying with treatment.
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for anxiety disorder, the medical evidence must show you have one of the following conditions:
- Persistent anxiety with motor tension, and apprehensive expection;
- Constant irrational fear;
- Recurring, unpredictable panic attacks at least weekly; or
- Recurring compulsions and obsessions that lead to significant distress.
The SSA requires that these symptoms significantly your ability to function in both normal work and social conditions.
What Should I Do If I Can’t Work As A Result of My Anxiety Disorder?
You should contact anxiety Social Security Disability Attorney, Nancy Cavey who can help you prepare your initial application for social security disability benefits or appeal if your application has been denied.
Call today at (727) 894-3188 for a complimentary consultation.