SSD Qualifications for Anxiety

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SSD Qualifications for Anxiety

– Matt Sauerwald, President, Disability Help Group

Matt Sauerwald is one of the nation’s top Disability Advocates. Matt has spent more than a decade helping people who are unable to work due to a disability, representing thousands of clients along the way. He knows people pursuing disability benefits hear a lot of misinformation and conflicting advice. So, he’s sharing what you need to know about pursuing Social Security disability benefits for anxiety.

Can You Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Anxiety?

The Social Security Blue Book includes a listing for anxiety and two related disorders: obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder. It is possible to receive SSD benefits for these conditions if certain criteria are met. 

For anxiety disorder, the SSD applicant must exhibit at least three of the following signs and symptoms of the disorder:

  • Restlessness
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbance

In addition, the applicant must meet one of the following two sets of criteria: 

Extreme limitation of one or marked limitation of two of the following areas of mental functioning: 

  • Ability to understand, remember, or apply information
  • Ability to interact with others
  • Ability to concentrate, persist, or maintain pace
  • Ability to adapt or  manage oneself


The condition is serious and persistent, meaning that the applicant is undergoing ongoing treatment that diminishes the signs and symptoms of the condition and has a limited capacity to adapt to changes in environment or demands not already part of their daily life. 

Establishing these factors typically requires a combination of medical records and documentation and information from the applicant and family members about what they are and are not able to do in their daily lives. Matt and his team at Disability Help Group have extensive knowledge of what is required to successfully pursue Social Security disability benefits for anxiety. Whether you’re just applying for SSD for the first time or need to appeal a denial, you owe it to yourself to learn more about how our experienced disability advocates can help. 

Call 800-800-3332 right now, or contact us here now.

Matthew Sauerwald has been a dedicated voice for people seeking disability benefits since 2010. He has represented thousands of claimants fighting for Social Security disability or VA disability benefits and currently leads Disability Help Group, one of the most successful disability advocacy organizations in the United States.

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