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Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

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Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify

Social Security Disability and Working

Winning your Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits

Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices

Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney

Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions

What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?

Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence

Filing for Disability Benefits

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Can You qualify for Social Security disability or SSI on the basis of anxiety or panic attacks ?

Very often, persons with mental impairments such as anxiety and panic attacks will have a harder time being approved for Social Security disability.

For individuals with anxiety and panic attacks it is important to have an established mental health history.

You may ask what I mean by mental health history? A mental health history might include hospitalizations, mental health counseling, and medications, all of which documents the severity of your conditions.

Too often, Social Security evaluates all mental conditions as if the conditions were temporary, and disregards the fact that most mental conditions have exacerbations periodically. These exacerbations often preclude the ability to sustain any type of meaningful employment.

Although disability claims based upon mental impairments may be harder to achieve an allowance at the initial and reconsiderations levels, these claims have a fair chance of allowance at the administrative law judge hearing.

In fact, the majority of claims that are denied at the disability application and reconsideration appeals levels and that are later heard by an administrative law judge at a hearing approved.

Therefore, it would be sound advice to appeal your claim if you are denied on the disability application and reconsideration levels of the Social Security disability process--something that, unfortunately, many claimants neglect to do.

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria