If you are considering applying for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits in Nebraska, the first thing you should do is visit your doctor. Make sure you have a diagnosis of your condition and a treatment plan. Follow the treatment plan.  If you don’t have medical documentation of your diagnosis and treatment, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will not consider your claim. You will be denied. If you suffer from anxiety disorder, you will need to have your condition diagnosed and treated by a mental health professional.

In order to receive SSDI benefits for anxiety, you must have a diagnosis, a history of treatment for your condition, proof that your condition has lasted or will last 12 months or longer, and a listing of symptoms and the limitations those symptoms put on your ability to work. 

You must also earn less than $1,040 a month. If you are able to hold a job, you are not eligible for SSDI.

Once you are sure that you have the necessary medical diagnosis, visit the SSA disability website. You will find information about the application process for disability benefits and the many qualifying conditions. Information about anxiety disorders is included in listing 12.06. This information may be difficult to understand. You may want to print it out and take it to your next doctor visit.

Unfortunately, only 20 to 30 percent of mental health applicants are approved for disability the first time they apply. If you need to appeal, it could take months or even a year to get a decision. Before you apply, we suggest that you talk to an experienced and reputable Nebraska disability lawyer. The attorney will be able to help you through the complicated SSA disability application process so you can get benefits more quickly. To schedule a free evaluation with an Omaha SSDI attorney, contact Cuddigan Law at 402-933-5405.

Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska