Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness, or a rapid heartbeat. The Social Security Administration will consider post traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”), obsessive compulsive disorder (“OCD”), and panic disorder under the heading of anxiety disorder.

Although it is often difficult for those suffering from severe anxiety disorders to seek treatment or remain in treatment, support from a treating source is the best way to ensure your claim is approved.

For more information about anxiety and anxiety related disorders, see:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml

http://www.apa.org/topics/anxiety/index.aspx