Anyone in Florida who is unable to work due to an anxiety disorder might be in need of financial assistance. If he or she is eligible, an application for Social Security Disability benefits might be the way to go. However, it could be challenging to prove that such a disorder caused total disability. The reason for that is the subjective manner in which anxiety disorders are diagnosed. Doctors have to base such diagnoses on behavior and feelings as reported by the patients and not observed by the doctors.

Although Social Security covers anxiety disorders, the applicant must present a detailed history of treatment by mental health professionals and physicians. The records must show that the nature of the disorder is persistent and recurring. The documentation will have to demonstrate that the disorder’s interference makes normal functioning on a daily basis impossible.

The Social Security Administration defines a disability as a medical or mental impairment that is determinable. It must be of a nature that made it impossible for the applicant to perform considerable work for at least one year. Otherwise, it must be expected that the disability will prevent substantial work for twelve continuous months, or it must be assumed that the condition will cause the applicant’s death.

An experienced Social Security Disability attorney can be an asset in the corner of anyone in Florida who wants to apply for SSDI benefits. A lawyer can assess the situation and explain the requirements for a successful application. He or she can assist with the gathering of the appropriate supporting documentation to ensure the presentation of a strong disability case.