Mental health conditions like anxiety and depression can be debilitating, affecting all aspects of a person’s life. But did you know that these conditions may qualify you for disability benefits? While there is still stigma surrounding mental illness, it’s important to understand your rights and options when it comes to accessing support. 

Disability lawyers in Louisiana are highly skilled legal professionals who specialize in representing individuals with disabilities whose claims have been rejected by the Social Security Administration. They possess thorough knowledge of federal, state and local disability laws, regulations and procedures that govern disability benefits eligibility criteria.

In this post, we’ll explore whether or not you can get disability for anxiety and depression, as well as provide tips on how to navigate the process.

What is Anxiety and Depression?

Anxiety and depression are both mental health disorders that can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. Anxiety is characterized by feelings of worry, nervousness, or fear that are typically persistent and can interfere with daily activities. 

Depression is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, and can also include physical symptoms such as fatigue and changes in appetite. Both anxiety and depression can make it difficult to function at work or school, maintain relationships, and take care of self-care.

How to Qualify for Disability for Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are common mental health disorders that can have a profound effect on someone’s ability to function in daily life. If your anxiety or depression is severe enough to prevent you from working, you may be able to qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA).

To qualify for SSA disability benefits, you must first meet the SSA’s definition of disabled. For adults, this means you must have a physical or mental condition that:

  • Has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year
  • Is expected to result in death
  • Prevents you from engaging in any “substantial gainful activity” (SGA)

The SSA defines SGA as work activity that involves doing significant physical or mental tasks and that earns you more than $1,260 per month (or $2,190 if you are blind). 

If your anxiety or depression prevents you from meeting the SSA’s definition of disabled, you may still be able to qualify for benefits through the SSA’s “compassionate allowance” program. This program allows people with certain conditions – including some forms of anxiety and depression – to receive expedited approval for disability benefits.

If you think you may be eligible for disability benefits due to anxiety or depression, the first step is to contact the SSA and start the application process.

Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are often experienced together, and can have a profound impact on everyday life. Symptoms of anxiety can include feeling constantly on edge, being easily irritable or angered, feeling restless or agitated, having difficulty concentrating or sleeping, feeling fatigued, and having muscle tension. 

Depression symptoms can include feeling persistently sad or down, losing interest in activities that used to bring joy, withdrawing from social interactions, experiencing changes in appetite or sleep patterns, feeling worthless or hopeless, and having persistent thoughts of death or suicide. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek professional help.

Treatments for Anxiety and Depression

There are a variety of treatments available for anxiety and depression, which can be tailored to the individual. The most common treatment for anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps to identify and change negative thought patterns that contribute to anxiety. Other common treatments include medication, relaxation techniques, and counseling.