The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers anxiety disorders under
Section 12.06 of the Blue Book, which covers Mental Disorders.
In order to successfully apply for disability benefits due to an anxiety
disorder, be sure to present a history of treatment by medical
professionals, including both your physician and a qualified mental health
professional, in order to show the recurrent or persistent nature of your
20 Ways to Deal with Holiday Anxiety
By Eileen Bailey
The holidays are a stressful time for many different reasons. Some people with anxiety have a difficult time with the many activities going on, some may be experiencing financial difficulties, sleep may suffer and the expectations of our holiday season may not measure up to the reality in our lives.
Whatever the reason, often those with anxiety feel symptoms increase and become out of control during the holiday season. When anxiety increases during this time of year, people sometimes ignore discussing it with their doctor or seeking help. They may feel it is normal to feel anxious and therefore feel they must somehow live through it or they may feel there really isn’t any help available.
Out of all the anxiety disorders and most of the mental health care problems, social anxiety disorder (social phobia) is least understood.
Social anxiety was the LAST anxiety disorder to be "discovered", and continues to be LAST in terms of public and professional understanding and awareness.
What makes this so ironic is that fully 8% of the general population suffers from some form of social anxiety, a severely debilitating emotional problem.
The vast majority of people with social anxiety do not know that they have it. They know there is something "wrong" with them, but they do not know what it is.
A phobia is defined as the unrelenting fear of a situation, activity, or thing that causes one to want to avoid it. The three types of phobias are social phobia (fear of public speaking, meeting new people, or other social situations), agoraphobia (fear of being outside), and specific phobias (fear of particular items or situations).
Today, there are good treatments available for PTSD. When you have PTSD, dealing with the past can be hard. Instead of telling others how you feel, you may keep your feelings bottled up. Yet talking with a therapist can help you get better.
Do you worry excessively about things that are unlikely to happen, or feel tense and anxious all day long with no real reason? Everyone gets anxious sometimes, but if your worries and fears are so constant that they interfere with your ability to function and relax, you may have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is mentally and physically exhausting. It drains your mental energy, keeps you from sleeping and unwinding, and wears your body out. But you don’t have to live it. You can break free from the grip of chronic worrying and learn to calm down your anxious mind.
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Could be this be panic attacks? Sure, but personally i don't like to blame panic attacks till i am sure that there is nothing wrong physically first. So, in addition to the stress test and if not already done, i would like you to have a thyroid function test, a blood test for electrolytes and an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart) if your doctor thinks they are indicated.