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Filing for Disability in New York Because of Anxiety Disorders

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
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If you are filing for disability in New York as a result of an anxiety disorder, you would benefit from having the help of New York Social Security disability lawyers. They understand the types of medical evidence that will be required for a condition that can be difficult to show requires disability.

The Social Security Administration's (SSA) listing of impairments includes mental disorders. If you suffer from a severe anxiety disorder and meet its criteria, then you could be entitled to receive Social Security disability benefits.

SSA Criteria for Anxiety Disorders When Filing for Disability in New York

Under SSA criteria, the severity of the anxiety disorder must be significant enough to warrant disability benefits. To better understand if you qualify to receive disability, you should speak with a lawyer who handles Social Security cases.

Some of the symptoms that qualify an individual to receive disability for an anxiety disorder: 

  • apprehensive expectation;
  • persistent, irrational fears;
  • recurrent, severe panic attacks;
  • recurrent compulsions or obsessions; and
  • recurrent, intrusive recalling of a traumatic experience. 

Medical documentation, including records and notes from a doctor, will be required in order to demonstrate the signs and symptoms an individual experiences.

Along with these signs one must have marked restrictions or difficulty with daily living, social functioning or concentration. These must significantly interfere with an individual's life in order to qualify.

Determining the severity of an individual's anxiety disorder will require accurate, thorough evidence. A lawyer can help you collect this.

In addition to the physical and psychological aspects of an anxiety disorder, the determination of benefits will also depend on whether or not an individual is engaging in "substantial gainful activity" (SGA). This means if the claimant makes more than $1,000 a month they may not be eligible to receive disability benefits.

How New York Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help

Filing for disability in New York can be a confusing and lengthy process. Most claims are initially denied. The process to appeal a claim that has been denied further extends the process. This can be frustrating and challenging.

However, with the help of New York Social Security disability lawyers, you could increase your chance at a favorable decision the first time you apply. A lawyer can assist you with all of the complicated forms and paperwork that must be completed when filing for disability in New York. They can also help collect the evidence you will need and ensure that no important information is missing.

Contacting New York Social Security Disability Lawyers

Before you file for disability in New York, be sure to take advantage of this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. Contact New York Social Security disability lawyers at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. for help with building your disability claim at 800-310-5520.