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Can I qualify for SSD benefits if I suffer from panic attacks?

People often get stressed out or anxious about various things, but using certain coping mechanisms, or going through counseling and getting medication often alleviates their feelings. However, for many California residents, that is not the end of the story-rather than simply getting over their feelings of anxiety, they suffer from severe panic attacks.

A panic attack is a recurrent, uncontrollable condition in which the sufferer feels extreme fear or physiological distress. Even though the panic attack may itself be for a short period of time, it is often very intense, leaving the person feeling strong feelings of doom and worry for the future. Occurring suddenly and without any warning, some of the symptoms of an attack include choking, sweating, shortness of breath and hyperventilation. Agoraphobia, the inability of leaving one's home, often ends up going hand in hand with chronic panic attacks.

The seriousness of this condition often makes it difficult for the person suffering from it to hold down a job, which is why Social Security disability benefits are available for this mental illness. In order to have a qualifying condition, the person must demonstrate many elements, including an increased fear of being in at least two common situations, such as taking the bus or being in a crowded area. There must also be a marked limitation in two of the following; interacting with others, concentrating and being able to complete tasks, adapting, and using and understanding information. The person must be diagnosed with either panic disorder or agoraphobia.

Getting SSD benefits for a mental illness is often complicated-since there are few physical manifestations of the disorder, people often do not take it very seriously. However, the limitations posed by the disease make it very difficult for a person to earn a living, thus qualifying them to receive benefits.

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