This article discusses how the Social Security Administration will evaluate your claim for Social Security Disability Benefits if you have been assessed with agoraphobia. For information on the types of disability benefits that may be available to you read here.
Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which you avoid situations that you’re afraid might cause you to panic. Via the Mayo Clinic. Agoraphobia is usually associated with panic disorder. You may avoid being in public situations due to the overwhelming anxiety that you experience. Clients report difficulty leaving home, being around strangers and sometimes even being around their own family. These situations can cause panic attacks.
Panic attacks have been described to me as uncontrollable fear, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, sweating and paranoia. Clients often think that they are having a heart attack. Other symptoms include dizziness, numbness and fear of “going crazy.” Found here.
Treatment for agoraphobia usually involves psychiatric therapy and medications. People with agoraphobia have to overcome their fear just to be able to receive treatment for it. This can be very difficult. If you are in therapy and taking your medications but are still unable to work due to your agoraphobia, filing a claim for Social Security disability benefits is the next step.
The Social Security Administration evaluates agoraphobia under 12.06 Anxiety Related Disorders. This listing discusses persistent irrational fears, recurrent severe panic attacks and marked restrictions in your activities of daily living or social functioning, etc. If you are afraid to leave home or be around people, it is quite difficult to maintain full time employment and you may meet this listing.
If you are unable to work due to your agoraphobia, file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as possible and call the Bishop Law Firm. We want to help!