Anxiety and Depression

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The most commonly cited medical condition on disability applications today is depression, and many people who suffer from depression also suffer from anxiety.  Social Security will pay you disability benefits for depression or anxiety alone only when these psychiatric problems cause severe limitations in how you live and when it is clear that you wouldn't be able to work or hold down a job.

People who suffer from depression or anxiety are often diagnosed with other medical conditions, such as chronic pain, alcoholism, or degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease, Parksinson's disease, or multiple sclerosis. When depression or anxiety are listed in addition to other conditions on a disability application, these mental conditions can help an applicant with physical impairments get approved for disability.

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