Although stress is a common part of many people’s work lives, some individuals have endured past experiences that make it especially difficult for them to perform their job tasks properly while under pressure. These same people may actually experience a number of physical, stress-related symptoms that greatly impair their ability to complete their work on time, in an acceptable manner or while interacting appropriately with their co-workers and supervisors.

As your Denver disability attorney will tell you, when all of these factors are present and an individual is actually prevented from holding down gainful employment, that person may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits due to his or her stress disorder.

The Social Security Administration makes every effort to distinguish between stress-disorder applicants who simply don’t like to work or fully apply themselves and those who truly cannot function in the workforce without suffering extensively. The Social Security Administration always asks highly detailed questions in an effort to learn all about each stress disorder applicant’s symptoms, potentially debilitating physical responses and their past attempts to learn coping behaviors.

Inquiries Will Be Made Regarding the Most Stressful Activities for Each Applicant

Each applicant tends to find some work-related activities more stressful than others. The following lists notes many of the most common aspects of work that are most vexing to many individuals.

  • Work requirements involving complexity, speed, deadlines, or precision;
  • Coping with an overall job schedule, making decisions, and interacting properly with co-workers and supervisors;
  • Handling basic matters like arriving to work on time, minimizing absences, completing a full day’s work on a regular basis, and interacting with the public or strangers as part of one’s job; and
  • Coping with non-challenging or routine tasks that: fail to challenge a worker, involve limited personal decision making, require limited knowledge, offer few growth opportunities, involve rather meaningless tasks, and only call upon a few of the claimant’s skills and abilities.

Claimants’ Common Physical and Emotional Stress-Related Complaints

Disability claimants often complain about the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of terror, panic, impending doom, numbness, or shortness of breath;
  • Physical symptoms, including heart palpitations, chest pain, stomach aches, feeling like one is choking or being smothered, and feeling faint or unsteady, sweaty, nauseated and wanting to get up and leave the workplace due to a “flight or fight” response;
  • Suffering hot flashes, chills, hallucinations, flashbacks, a feeling that one might die soon, “go crazy,” or do something of a highly uncontrolled nature.

In order to successfully file a claim based solely upon a stress disorder, an individual must be ready to answer many detailed questions about how quickly various symptoms appear, how long they last and when they eventually start to decline or become less debilitating during an average work day.

Every applicant claiming stress issues should carefully discuss the claim with his or her psychiatrist, therapist and lawyer before appearing before any Social Security official to answer questions.

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