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March 16, 2020

Can I Receive Social Security Disability If I Have Panic Attacks?

Can I receive Social Security Disability if I have panic attacks?  Many of my clients diagnosed with an Anxiety-Related Disorder have panic attacks.  Due to the severity, frequency, and unexpected onset of a panic attack, it may be difficult or even impossible to secure and maintain a full-time job.  If you find that you still endure disabling panic attacks even after therapy and medications, it may be in your best interest to file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes panic attacks and similar disorders under Listing 12.06 Anxiety Disorders.  There is specific language and criteria that the SSA is looking for when granting disability for panic attacks.  I try to get my clients to take a medical source statement to their mental health provider to help substantiate the symptoms they experience to prove to the SSA their panic attacks fit these standards.  A continuing therapist-patient relationship with comprehensive progress notes can substantially enhance your chances of winning your claim.  Taking psychiatric medications prescribed by your psychiatrist and complying with their orders can show the SSA that you still have panic attacks despite adherence to prescribed treatment. Some of the symptoms of panic attacks can be, but are not limited to: Racing heartbeat Chest pain Shortness of breath Sweating Fear of impending doom Racing thoughts Inability to concentrate Some of my clients express a fear of leaving their home (Agoraphobia).  Many jobs require interactions with co-workers, supervisors, or the general public, so any limitations in the ability to get along with others can affect your ability to work.  Additionally, if your conditions and symptoms would cause you to miss days of work or be off task, the SSA may agree that you would be unable to keep employment.  If … Continued

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November 17, 2017

Can I Receive Social Security Disability for an Anxiety Disorder?

I represent many people with mental disorders, and anxiety is no exception.  This diagnosis can stand alone, or at times, it may be accompanied by other mental and physical disorders.  I have found that some of my clients’ symptoms from anxiety can be so severe that they are unable to interact with friends, family, or even leave their house to do routine activities.  With severe symptoms, the thought of dealing with the public, co-­­workers, and supervisors can be difficult, if not impossible.  In my experience, to win a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, essential information from a treating qualified mental health professional is generally needed. Anxiety can also cause problems with maintaining focus.  My clients often report issues with racing thoughts, trouble focusing, increased phobias, problems with change in routine, or difficulty sleeping at night.  Additionally, panic attacks can be a major issue for clients who suffer from anxiety.  These attacks can have varying degrees of frequency, duration, or severity; they can even lead to a need for emergency medical treatment.  Any of these symptoms can cause issues in the workplace that would prevent an individual from staying on task and completing a work day. By showing the Social Security Administration that you experience these symptoms through medical records or testimony, it can strengthen your claim for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration recognizes Anxiety Disorder in its Listing of Impairments under Listing 12.06.  At times, it can be difficult to meet or equal one of these listings, so it is important to receive treatment and have records from hospitalizations, treatment and progress notes, and any medical source statements your mental health professional can provide. Compliance with treatment can be a huge factor in receiving disability payments.  If you are not taking medications as … Continued

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June 25, 2011

Indianapolis Indiana Social Security Lawyer Scott Lewis Discusses Panic Attacks

Individuals suffering from panic attacks may find it difficult if not impossible to hold down steady full time employment.  Indianapolis disability attorney Scott Lewis has represented many individuals with this disabling condition and understands the impact it can have on even simple activities of daily living.  Many individuals suffering from panic attacks may experience an intense sudden fear that may bring with it physical reactions.  The sometimes unpredictable nature of panic attacks can create an environment where some individuals are afraid to leave their homes. The symptoms of panic attacks may vary among individuals, but some common symptoms may include: Nausea Shortness of breath Racing heart Dizziness Chest pains Weakness The Social Security Administration does recognize panic attacks in its listing for Anxiety related disorders.  If an individual does not precisely meet this listing there may be other ways to win your Social Security disability claim.  Individuals should also be aware of the fact the Social Security Administration will consider all of your disabling conditions in combination to determine if you are unable to work and are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you have questions regarding Social Security disability benefits contact Indiana Social Security disability attorney Scott Lewis for a free consultation.  Mr. Lewis handles a wide variety of claims including depression, bipolar disorder, back problems, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease among other conditions.

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