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Can I Get Disability Benefits for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Can I Get Disability Benefits for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Can I Get Disability Benefits for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety related disorder characterized by obsessions and compulsions, such as obsessions with germs, checking to ensure that the door is locked, obsessive worrying about your health, washing hands, fear of some unspecified danger, etc. The frequent thoughts are called obsessions; in an attempt to control them, a person with OCD will feel an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors-called compulsions. People suffering with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder cannot control these obsessions or compulsions.

Those who suffer with OCD feel imprisoned in a never ending ritual of obsessive activity which they know does not make sense, but which they are compelled nonetheless to do. In serious cases, those who suffer with OCD find performing normal activities of daily activity difficult as the obsessive behavior demands more and more of their time and attention. Focusing and performing your job duties to your employer’s satisfaction is such instances is extremely difficult, if not impossible.

The Social Security Administration recognizes obsessive compulsive disorder as an anxiety disorder which can be disabling when the symptoms interferes with the person’s ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 12.06 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 or Tennessee and have questions about your right to Social Security Disability benefits or SSI benefits, please feel free to contact and talk to one of the experienced Alabama Disability Lawyers at Powell and Denny today for free.

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