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Number of people suffering from anxiety on the rise

Everyone occasionally experiences feelings of anxiety. Whether you have money problems, a tough home life or negative feelings about work that creep into every aspect of your day, suffering from anxiety and panic attacks is never fun. If panic or anxiety attacks ever come to a point where they affect your everyday life, you can apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone. Unfortunately, this is a problem that seems to be on the rise over the past few years. In fact, the Mental Health Foundation said the number of women who suffer with anxiety issues has nearly doubled over the past five years. According to MHF, while 12 percent of women said they felt anxious in 2009, 22 percent said they “feel anxious a lot of the time” in 2014.

“Women often are the ones who juggle the family finances and try to make ends meet in hard times,” said Jenny Edwards, of the Mental Health Foundation. “We know women often put themselves last when they have to cut back on life’s little luxuries, or even essentials.”

Beth Murphy, head of information at mental health charity Mind, told The Telegraph that anxiety may seem less serious due to its use as a feeling of worry, those who suffer from anxiety disorders experience more problems than just everyday worries. In fact, those who suffer from panic attacks have an overriding sense of terror, impending doom or death that goes along with breathing trouble, a feeling of lost control and chest pains. This can be absolutely debilitating for the sufferer.

Anxiety symptoms can be very debilitating. They may cause an individual to be unable to perform competitive employment. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates have successfully represented numerous clients affected by anxiety.

Like all claims for disability before the SSA, it is critical that the claimant seek medical treatment  regularly for their condition. Medical evidence documenting symptoms, as well as their functional limitations, will enable a client to be more readily approved for benefits by the SSA.