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Applying for Social Security Disability - Seven Signs and Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder

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When I am meeting with a potential Social Security disability client for the first time, it is important to me to learn about the individual and why he/she is unable to work.  In our first meeting, I like to ask "tell me about you, tell, me in your own words why you cannot work."  I have found that, many times,  this is the first time that anyone has asked for the individual to describe how he/she sees himself/herself.  Often, the response that I receive is "it is hard to describe what I am going through."  Medical conditions, especially mental health conditions, are very personal and affect people in very different ways.  In the coming weeks, I will highlight a number of mental health impairments/disorders and provide information on each impairment/disorder and explain how each may affect an individual's ability to work.

  I am starting my series with a discussion on Social Anxiety Disorder.  Why?  Because I frequently hear, "I don't know what you call it, I just know that I don't like to be around people."  Below, you will find seven common signs and symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder.  I will also be posting a detailed discussion of Social Anxiety Disorder in our library, including causes and treatment and how to apply for Social Security disability when suffering from severe Social Anxiety Disorder.

How do you know if you or a loved one is suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder?  The National Institute of Mental Health lists the following common signs and symptoms:


  • Being anxious around other people and having a difficult time talking with others – even when they wish they could;

  • Feeling embarrassed and self-conscious in front of others;

  • Being afraid that other people are “judging them”;

  • Feeling worried about a specific public event;

  • Avoiding public places or places where strangers could be encountered;

  • Having a difficult time making friends; and

  • Feeling nauseous when around other people


For a free case evaluation, please complete our free case evaluation form or contact me directly at (717) 737-7574.

To learn more about Social Anxiety Disorder, visit the National Institute of Mental Health. 

Andy Norfleet
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Andy focuses on Social Security and Disability Law
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