You have the option of applying for benefits if you suffer from a disability that makes working difficult for you. Many people think of physical disabilities first, but mental health disorders also fall into this category.
If you suffer from anxiety, you might wonder if your disorder counts, too. How does anxiety impact your ability to work? What about your life on a whole?
What disorders fall under the umbrella of anxiety?
Social Security discusses mental health disorders and how they can impact your life as an adult. In specific, anxiety can impact both your ability to work and your life on a whole. Anxiety disorders cover a wide spectrum and have a myriad of symptoms. But some shared symptoms include obsessive or compulsive behavior, along with irrational fears or concerns about ideas, people, things and so on.
Some disorders that fall under this umbrella include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Each affects victims differently, but each has the ability to cause a serious disruption to your way of life.
Anxiety and daily function
These disorders exist on a spectrum. This means you can have one and still function well, or at least decently enough that you might not qualify for benefits. But sometimes, your disorder obstructs your way of living. For example, you might fear going outside to the point that you physically cannot leave for work. Your anxiety might cause you to have panic attacks on shift, creating a potential health hazard.
After deciding whether or not your mental health issue qualifies you for benefits, you can move forward with the application process.