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Does Social Security Recognize Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Does Social Security Recognize Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Most everyone has experienced a bout of anxiety and knows how uncomfortable it can be to deal with. Imagine living with that just about every minute of every day of your life. That is what it is like for people who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Even the simplest tasks become impossible hurdles.

Because GAD is a serious mental health impairment, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if you suffer from it. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to any kind of mental illness, and there is no guarantee that the administrative law judge (ALJ) will evaluate your claim fairly.

For example, a recent claim denial in Illinois was overturned because an ALJ initially misinterpreted a claimant’s spotty work history as proof that she could work and just chose not to. In reality, she could not overcome the stress of her various job duties, which is what a subsequent ALJ noted as proof that she was disabled.