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Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience from time to time, but for those dealing with an anxiety disorder, what might be nothing more than a stressful time in one person's life can be an overwhelming flood of crippling worry and fear in the life of the person suffering with an anxiety disorder.

There are five recognized types of anxiety disorders the Social Security Administration recognizes as disabling when severe: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Social Phobia. These disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness in that these symptoms include overwhelming feelings of panic and fear, uncontrolled obsessive thoughts, recurring nightmares and are often accompanied by physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating, nausea and other uncomfortable sensations. These symptoms wash over a person for no apparent reason and do not easily pass.

The Social Security Administration lists anxiety disorders as conditions which can be disabling when the symptoms interferes with the person's ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 12.0612.06 in the Code of Federal Regulations lays out in specifics the impairments which a sufferer has to have in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for this condition; however, if you do not "meet or equal" this listing, you may still be entitled to disability benefits if your condition, in conjunction with any other physical or mental impairment, prevents you from returning to work you have done in the past and other substantial work you might be qualified to perform given your age, education and acquired work skills.

If you live in Alabama and have questions about your right to Social Security Disability benefits or SSI benefits, please feel free to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Lawyers at Powell and Denny today for free.

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