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When is anxiety considered disabling?

We all get nervous and anxious sometimes. Whether you are about to travel out of the country, make a speech, have to complete a large project or about to get married, we all experience a moment when our heart races and our mind cannot focus on anything other than being anxious. While these moments come and go and are relatively minor events, some individuals in Anaheim and other cities across the nation suffer from constant anxiety. This can be a difficult situation to deal with, as this is a mental condition that can be debilitating and can cause some people to fear leaving their home.

When is anxiety considered disabling? Anxiety is a natural response to a stressful situation. It is a physiological response that prepares the body for "fight or flight" when faced with a certain threat. While the body and brain can usually distinguish between reasonable and unreasonable anxiety, some individuals consistently feel unreasonable or pathological anxiety.

Unreasonable anxiety, unlike reasonable anxiety, causes a person to interpret a situation, symptoms and thoughts as dangerous when they are, in fact, not. And, because of the intensity of this anxiety is not proportional to the objective situation, it can be long-lasting and continue long after the situation has passed.

Because pathological anxiety can significantly impact a person's life, he or she might be considered disabled. Thus, it might be possible to seek Social Security Disability benefits if this mental condition has made it difficult or impossible to work. These benefits could help offset the financial hardships caused by the mental condition, helping them cover basic living needs.

Source: Aleteia.org, "How to distinguish anxiety from an anxiety disorder," Javier Fiz Perez, Jan. 17, 2018

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