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I Suffer From Panic Attacks – Am I Entitled To Disability Benefits? Part 2: Meeting The Functional Criteria

The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases, regardless of the disability. Working with an experienced disability attorney ensures that a complete and accurate application is filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and that all relevant, supportive information, including medical evidence, is gathered in support of a prospective claimant’s application.

To show the loss of abilities due to a panic disorder, applicants must meet the “functional” criteria. A panic disorder must cause an extreme limitation in at least one of the following areas or a “marked” limitation in at least two of the following areas:

  • Social interaction;
  • concentration and the completion of tasks;
  • understanding, remembering, or using information; and/or
  • adapting or personal management.

An applicant must also show the minimal capacity to adapt to demands that are not already part of his or her daily life or to changes in environment. If a disorder has been medically documented as serious and persistent over a period of at least two years and an individual has been living in a highly structured setting or receiving ongoing medical treatment, mental health therapy, or psychosocial support that diminishes the symptoms of a panic disorder, an applicant may meet a second set of functional criteria.

The second set of functional criteria acknowledges that some people who may show active symptoms of panic disorder because they live in protected and supervised situations that cause their functional abilities to appear better than if they were living in real-life situations.

The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases. These include Social Security Disability, long-term disability, short-term disability, state retirement and workers’ compensation. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today. We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.I Suffer From Panic Attacks - Am I Entitled To Disability Benefits? Part 2: Meeting The Functional Criteria

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