When looking into disabilities that can potentially impact your ability to live your life, most people first envision physical issues. But mental disorders often cause the same disruptive effect on a victim’s life.
In particular, as someone struggling with anxiety, you likely understand just how big of an impact these disorders can have. In what ways does anxiety interfere with your day to day living and ability to hold down a job?
Symptoms shared between anxiety disorders
Social Security lists the mental disorders that might qualify for disability benefits. Anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders make up one potential category. This includes a number of listed disorders, such as social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.
All disorders in this grouping, whether or not listed here, share similar symptoms and traits. For example, you might suffer from frequent and intrusive thoughts about fears, worries and concerns you have. Many victims also experience physical effects, such as trouble sleeping or frequent physical aches and pains.
Is it manageable?
For some, anxiety is a manageable disorder with the right treatment and medication. For others, it is a crippling disturbance in daily living. For example, agoraphobic people cannot even leave the house due to their anxieties. Panic and anxiety attacks can also render a person temporarily out of commission. If this happens on the job, it can pose a danger to the sufferer and people around them.
Part of the struggle of anxiety is finding the time and finances to get treatment, without having to worry about masking and presenting like a “normal” person in a daily job. This is why benefits are often a lifesaver to some.