Can a Child With Severe Anxiety Qualify for Disability Benefits?

05/22/2013 // Wright Disability Firm // Wright & Wright // (press release)

Childhood anxiety may refer to several mental health conditions that are categorized by worrying excessively, and intense fear or uneasiness. Some conditions included in this group are post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. If a child suffers from severe anxiety problems, and comes from a family with limited income, they may be eligible to receive benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

Treating childhood anxiety can include various types of therapy as well as medication. In many cases, children who suffer from related disorders face challenges affecting their ability to function, focus in school or when trying to perform other activities, or care for themselves.

Children may qualify for SSI for anxiety if they suffer from severe symptoms that meet the eligibility requirements under the disability listing, or the child’s functional limitations are considered extreme. Medical documentation must be provided confirming that the child suffers from one of the following:

• Recurring traumatic recollections

• Severe distress caused by obsessive or compulsive behaviors

• Recurrent, severe panic attacks

• Severe parental separation anxiety

• Excessively avoiding strangers

• Severe anxiety accompanied by physical issues such as upset stomach or muscle tension

• Irrational, persistent fears that lead to avoidance of that which is feared

Depending on the age of the child, additional qualifying criteria may vary.

The advocates of Wright & Wright, America’s Social Security Disability Firm? can help those applying for SSI for children understand eligibility requirements outlined by the Social Security Administration. Parents who need filing assistance or more information about the process can contact the firm for a free case evaluation.

Wright & Wright advocates can help when applying for SSI at any stage of the filing process. Contact them today for help.

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