Do you have a disabling illness that prevents you from working? You may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In Texas, many residents do not know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers both physical and mental illness to be seriously disabling. Indeed, the SSA specifically defines anxiety-related disorders as potential reasons for a claimant to legitimately receive federal benefits. Has your anxiety disorder prevented you from working? Is your anxiety-related disorder interfering with your ability to engage in meaningful employment? You may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. If you believe your anxiety disorder may qualify you for benefits, it is extremely important to speak to a Texas disability lawyer.
At the Law Offices of Bemis, Roach & Reed, our Austin disability attorneys regularly handle anxiety-related SSD claims. We know how important Social Security benefits can be when your mental illness is affecting your employability. When you cannot earn income because of a severe mental illness, you can face extremely difficult circumstances. There is no reason to add to the stress of your situation by handling your SSD benefits claim on your own. The Texas Social Security disability attorneys at Bemis, Roach & Reed have assisted clients throughout the state of Texas. We have helped Texas residents in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi and San Antonio. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
Assessing Anxiety-Related Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration maintains a listing of impairments in its “Blue Book,” which provides definitions of impairments that can qualify claimants for disability benefits. There is a separate section for impairments that affect adults, and these are listed under “Part A” of the Blue Book. Section 12.00 describes mental disorders that can impair adults, and these include anxiety-related disorders. In other words, anxiety-related disorders are classified as “mental disorders” by the SSA.
What will you need to prove that you have an anxiety-related disorder? According to the SSA, you will need:
- Medical documentation of your anxiety disorder
- Evidence of the degree to which your anxiety-related disorder prevents you from working
- oof that the disabling effects of your disorder have lasted, or are expected to last, at least 12 months
What kinds of anxiety-related disorders might qualify? There are many different types of anxiety-related disorders, and they can affect different patients in distinct ways. It is important to keep in mind that not all anxiety-related disorders will qualify you for federal benefits. Contacting a Texas disability attorney is very important. At Bemis, Roach & Reed, we can examine the details of your case to make an assessment about your chances for benefits, and we can help you to prepare the best possible claim. In general, however, anxiety-related disorders include:
- Social anxiety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Even if you have one of these disorders, you will need additional evidence and documentation to have your disability claim approved.
Contact a Texas Social Security Disability Lawyer Today
Your best chance at a successful Social Security disability claim involves contacting a Texas Social Security disability lawyer. At Bemis, Roach & Reed, we assist clients throughout the state of Texas with benefits claims for anxiety-related disorders. Do not hesitate to contact us. With Bemis, Roach & Reed, your initial consultation is free, and we can discuss your case with you today.