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Anyone getting Social Security for anxiety/panic attacks

I was just wondering does anyone here get social security for their anxiety/panic attacks? I have suffered for many many years and can no longer work. I also have a heart murmur and miteral valve prolapse.
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when i first started getting panic attacks i thought about collecting because i could no longer drive or be around anyone but never acually collected it just thought about it
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I know somebody who does. She has been diagnosed with MVP and has SOME panic attacks, but she is in much better shape than I am in and she is capable of driving anywhere she pleases. Except that she is too lazy, and she wastes it away on cars and birds!!! >:( I don't like the idea of wasting away the government's money like that, unless you are in dire need of it.

If you have a disability and are truly unable to drive yourself without having a seizure or some other problem that leaves you house-ridden, then I can see the need for it. If you are really to the point where you are house-bound though, find somebody who can take you and start getting you the proper treatment you need!! Don't resort to Social Security until you are SURE you can't handle it, even with meds. and Psychotherapy. Yet I think what you really need to do is START SEEING A PSYCHIATRIST/PSYCHOLOGIST to GET YOU ON THE RIGHT MEDS. SO YOU CAN LIVE YOUR LIFE AGAIN as well as START SEEING A PSYCHOTHERAPIST.

It sounds like you are in a state where you are in dire need of help, and I would go about trying to get help first before even CONSIDERING taking money from the Social Security Services. But that's my two cents. I would just love to see you trying to get your life back together. :( It really sounds like it has just been torn up with all of the anxiety and panic you are going through. Seeking help is the BEST option at this point. And I think you need BOTH the medicated and therapy route in your case....

~Crystal
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If you cant work, and your family needs the extra income, and you have docs telling you to do it, then you should,,, There is nothing wrong with getting it if you need it. Just becuase you get on it dont mean you have to be on it all your life...
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I was told to see a professional and was about to make an appointment when I found breast cancer. I don't drive. Pretty much house bound. I do want to get better. I have been suffering with this since 1990. I changed doctors because my doctor told me this has gone on to long for me to get help for my condition. But i am still going to try to get better. This is not a good way to live. I was asking about SS because it is very hard on us financally. The bills from breast cancer are 2 feet high. No kidding. I also have 3 little girls who are missing out on more than their mother. I am hoping I can get one of my daughters to drive me for therapy over the summer. Again I do want to get better.
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Your post is much to harsh. Don't take your frustrations out on me. Thanks for the advice. Have a greast day.
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I am TRULY sorry!! I REALLY wasn't trying to come across harsh, and that is the least thing I wanted to do!!! It just sounded like you wanted to resort to Social Security, and I just was trying to help you out and recommend trying to seek help first before resorting to Social Security. I am SO sorry. I didn't mean to come across harsh at all. Apparently I have accidentally done that before in these forums. :( The least thing I want to do is make somebody feel uncomfortable or like I am just blowing them off or dissing them or venting my problems. :(

I just want to see you get help...especially if you are that housebound. I mean have you tried therapy already and other forms of treatment first?? I just think there are other methods you could take before resorting to social security. And I am sorry to hear that you have breast cancer (you said you did, right)? :( :(  I truly will pray for you and wish you the best.

I wish you the best, and again, I am sorry for my ventings. I just think you really should try alternative treatment first, but if it is what you want to do, then GO FOR IT!!! :) I wish you the best.

~Crystal~
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Oh my God, I am SO sorry to hear about all that you've had to go through. And you have had to live like this for 13 years?? Nobody in their right minds should have to suffer that long...

I cannot imagine the difficulty of not only dealing with the attacks (as I am aware of as well) along with the murders of your brothers and all sorts of other stressors. Then your doctor tells you to just "stay at home and there is no hope for you now??" I blame the doctor on that one!! Everyone deserves to get treatment....I cannot believe what that doctor said to you!!! I am totally outraged by that!! I know for a fact you CAN get better, and yes, it takes time....but you WILL!!!

I advise you to go and seek help for yourself. I DID, and some doctors just laughed and ridiculed me and every doctor I saw tried to "tell me what was wrong with me!" Well ya know what?? I ended up figuring out for myself what was going on, and I am going about my OWN methods of seeking treatment and help. I don't rely on doctors anymore. I go after and seek the doctors I see "fit" for my syndrome.

Just so you know, I also have been diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse. I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago, being 2 years in July or August. In October, during times of stress, depression, ya name it, I began experiencing these CLENCHING CHEST PAINS that were unbearable and led me into full-blown Panic Attacks and fears that I was dying, going to have a heart attack or something. I was given upteen amount of meds., yet the hospitals I sought help from kind of poo-pooed me away and told me "oh, you just have anxiety" and left it at that, and told me to take Asprin for the "chest pains." GOD, I was SO mad when I left. How could they just look at me like I was some lunatic???

I then went to my GP. I luckily had a good doctor, who at least cared. She prescribed me with Toprol XL, a beta-blocker that is cardiac specific. You may want to look into it, if you can get yourself to see a doctor. It abrubted majority of my chest pains and also a lot of my panic attacks.

However, I was still getting problems, mainly chest-related ones as well, which of course led to more panic attacks. I was then put on Zoloft....OOOHHHH BOY, did that med. mess around with me. :(

I then started getting electrical sensations/vibrations through my brain, my vision got blotchy, I had full-blown Panic Attacks, I sweated profusedly which then dropped my temp. until I got cold, I got PAINFUL electrical surges up and down my spine, ya name it...

And ya know what the doc. told me?? "It's not the med., it's just Panic Attacks, and it is probably just coincidental these new problems started. Stay on the med., it will do you WONDERS!!"

Well, for the next 4 weeks, my life was in hell. I received constant electrical sensation attacks that surged throughout my brain and up and down my spine, that AGAIN led me to the ER. Of course CT Scans and blood tests up the ying-ying showed nothing, and I cannot even COUNT how many Thyroid tests I have had done, I am just SICK of them now!!!

Well, my nice yet somewhat dimwitted GP told me to quit the Zoloft "cold turkey" since she was NOW convinced it was causing my problems...and it turned my life from Hell to WORSE!!! I had bouts that were SO severe, it felt like I was going to go into spasms, I had leg and arm tremors, I had times where it felt like my brain was going to go HAYWIRE (I can't even describe how horrible it was), worse panic attacks, limbs (arms and legs) going NUMB and some LIMP to the point I couldn't even MOVE them, ya name it!!! :( I thought I was going to go into a seizure or have a stroke one day there soon....it was just that horrific....

I searched and searched for doctors who could describe these new symptoms and what was going on with me. I know how hard it is for you, and how afraid you are to leave the confinements of your home, but it is the ONLY step you'll need to assure your road to SUCCESS!!! Look at me...with all that I have been through, I have NOT GIVEN UP!!! And yes, maybe it is partially due to the fact that I never became fully agoraphobic (I was for a time, yet I PUSHED myself to outgrow it). Yet I too am afraid to drive alone, esp. long distances in fear of having an attack, I am afraid of being alone in my home and having an attack, but you know what? I am not going to let that let me down and stop me from living. When I think of how silly it is, and in the long run I am a LOT better off than I was!!!

I started seeing a Psychiatrist, who is sorta a quack and has a one-set mind towards things, but at LEAST he helped me by giving me a med. to ALLEVIATE my symptoms until I can see a REAL doctor who can help me with what I REALLY HAVE. Yes, I suffer from panic attacks and anxiety also, as well as depression resulting from it, yet what I suffer from is something that is the cause of all of this.

You may have heard of it, maybe not. You may want to look into it yourself. It has CHANGED my life around!! And you sound like another candidate for it, as was I. I believe I have a condition called Mitral Valve Prolapse Dysautonomia, or Dysautonomia is the simpler term. It has also been called the "Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome," but it is entirely different and separate from the MVP completely. The only way they are related/correlated is due to the fact  that the malfunction of both the Autonomic Nervous System (or ANS) which causes Dysautonomia and the formation of the Prolapsed Valve occur at the same time during the formation of the fetus while it is still in the womb, hence why the two are linked and hence the name for the disorder/syndrome.

For me, it explained everything: I talk fast, for instance, and people have problems understanding me. I also get cold hands and feet easily, whereas the normal person has no trouble adjusting their bodily temperature to warmer or colder climates. Even in warmer climates my hands always have a cooler feel to them than most people. I also suffer from panic and anxiety attacks, as well as am a perfectionist (for me it was schoolwork: I perfected EVERY DETAIL of that research paper, for instance, to assure I would receive a good grade, but my room was always a mess, so I was never a clean freak :P).

It described a lot about me, as well as my new onset of symptoms. Not everyone with MVP has it. Only 30-40% are believed to have Dysautonomia, but those that do suffer the symptoms are said to have it due to this malfunction in the ANS.

First, though, I think you really need to start seeing some doctors. I'd recommend a Psychiatrist and GP or Cardiologist to start out, as your main complaints seem to be the Panic Attacks and Anxiety and Depression. Also, since you are agoraphobic, the anti-depressant meds would be of great help to you to at least get you on your feat, and they also help eliminate majority of your anxiety and panic attacks as well.

I am sure you won't have the same problem I did on SSRI's. Even most people with Dysautonomia have no problems on the drugs. I am an oddball, and my ANS is over sensitized/over stimulated and the SSRI just aggravated it in my case. More than likely you will do fine on an anti-depressant. I'd recommend, if you want a mild one, Lexapro or Celexa. Zoloft would be the next option, but those two, esp. Lexapro, produces the least side effects and seems most effective (I hear) in patients with panic disorder, along with agoraphobia and depression.

You will also need to be put on a benzo. to start out. For me, I am on a benzo. alone, but that is because I cannot take any anti-depressants without that adverse reaction I had before. Yet for you, I think a benzo. like Ativan or Klonopin or one of the others at a low to mid dose to start you off until the SSRI kicks in will do you best.

It will at least help you to see the brighter side of life, and to not look so down and feel confined to your place anymore.

And please, oh PLEASE don't feel like you are a burden to ANYONE!! Remember that they love you, and they care for you, and they are willing to do ANYTHING to help to see you get better especially!!!

I too just want to see the best for you....I hate hearing when it gets so bad that the person becomes confined to their homes...it tears me apart. :( You are missing out on all of the joys of not only motherhood and raising kids, but on the fruits that life has to offer. Please do yourself a favor and push to start seeing these doctors....I REALLY don't want to see you become housebound and resort to Social Security. To me, it is like throwing your life away...you still have so much to offer and give to the world, don't let this disorder burden you to the bottoms of the Earth. Get up, and force yourself to take charge of it!!! Once you do, you will see the world for as grand as it really is!!

Wishing you the best!!!

~Crystal
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It's OK. There are allot of misunderstandings on these forums at times. Sometimes people will forgive and sometimes not. I am sorry I misunderstood you.
I was diagnosised in 1994 with panic and anxiety disorder. Doctor said it was probaly from the Mitral valve prolapse I have. My heart will flutter and I go into a panic. But I am not sure this is the case. I believe there are allot of contributing factors. One the MVP, two I saw more violence in my home growing up than anyone can imagine (things most only see in horror movies), lost two brothers when I was young to murder. Back when I was diagnosed this disorder was swept under the rug. Most doctors/people do not understand this condition. I was told to read a book (The Feeling Good Handbook) and that I had suffered for so long with this that he did not think there was any help out there for me and I was sent home. He did warn me that it would one day turn into agorafobia and it has.  Now I stay terribly depressed.  No mention of therapy from this doctor. A year or so back I changed doctors. He did recommend therapy. The next month I found breast cancer and canceled the appointment with the therapists to deal with the cancer. My husband has taken so much time off from work that I dare not ask him to take off to take me to see a therapists. My daughter has been driving on her permit and will soon get her license and I plan to get an appointment just as soon as school is out and she can take me. Seems like I am a burdon to everyone.
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Hey, I was just reading through these posts and WOW I have to say that I feel for you!  You have been through so much and yet you are still here and STRONG. I don't think I could survive everything that you went through.  If it were me, they would have to commit me!

I wish you the best and I will pray for you and your entire family.  You and your family deserve so much.  

God bless...  


P.S.  If the govt can spend billions on the Iraq war, I think it can afford to throw a few hundred your way.


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Thank you both for trying to help. I did read the post earlier but did not have time to reply. I have an appointment for a couple of weeks out. I'll let you know how I do. Again thank you. And Dragon especially thank you for taking your time to write such a long meaningful post. I do hope others will read this and be encouraged.
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----"And please, oh PLEASE don't feel like you are a burden to ANYONE!! Remember that they love you, and they care for you, and they are willing to do ANYTHING to help to see you get better especially!!! "

What are you talking about. I have agoraphobia/ panic attacks/ depression/ OCD and social anxiety. My wife basically promised me she is leaving because she cant handle it anymore. Even though she admits I am a great father and husband.

Sometimes it does'nt matter how much someone loves you. You still end up finding out the reality is that you end lost and forgotten.
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Not in America. But over here ( Ireland ) I have been on disability payments for years now as a result of panic attacks / anxiety. It can cripple your whole life. They should accept that. It does hamper everything you might want to do. Hence over here it is fully accepted as a disability.
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If you and your doctors can convince the administration that your condition is disabling enough to keep you from holding down a job, you should be able to get it.

It's worth a try.  Hopefully you'll get better and be able to get on with your life, but in the mean time, some income would be helpful ... and hey, it might even take away some of your anxiety to not be so broke.

Tell your doctor(s) about your intentions, they may be able to help by writing letters etc. to support your claim.  I was on disability for depression and anxiety years ago, but finally beat it good enough to get back to work.

I hope someday that you can too.  :)  I know that I was too bad off to do any real work then, but once I got better and got back out there, my life just started to get back on track and it was great.  Hang in there, it will come with time and the right treatment.


Billy
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It is also worth mentioning that they will usually backdate your social security to the first date you became disabled.  This could help with your med bills too and you may have some back pay coming if approved.

I hope it all works out for you.


Billy
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It's extremely difficult to get Social Security for anxiety in the US.  They send form letters to just about everyone and say if you can't go out to work, you can get a job working from home.  Or they say there is medication to control nervousness and we all get nervous at times.  They not at all understanding of the disability this causes.  I would say, to get disability, you have to be housebound, not about to drive, not even able to hold a coherent conversation on the phone or in person with another person.  It's a shame the US has come to this, but the fact is, it has.

If you decide to apply and are turned down, you can always appeal to an administrative law judge.  I would advise you to do this.  If approved, payments are only retroactive to one year.

Good luck.
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