Documenting Social Anxiety for Social Security Disability

Preface: It should be noted that medical evidence (such as treatment records and opinions) are often the best evidence of how social anxiety disorder is disabling. However, by its very nature, social anxiety disorder can make treatment difficult if not impossible.

Every case is different so it is very difficult to make general statements about how to prove a case. At least, other than, “make sure SSA gets your medical records.” Personally, I recommend working with a lawyer to help figure out the best way to develop your case. However, here are some general tips for developing a Social Anxiety Disorder disability case.

This post discusses alternative methods of documenting a social anxiety disability case.

Enough lawyer-ball! Let’s get to the tips! Continue reading Documenting Social Anxiety for Social Security Disability

Game or therapy?

Check out this demo for a Xbox Project Natal game called “Milo & Kate.”

Can you imagine the therapeutic value of this? From phobia therapies like the one below, to helping people with social phobias, to even more complex therapies such as helping individuals with Asperger’s syndrome pick up on social cues, vocal inflections and body language. The possibilities are amazing!

It also opens the possibility of long distance and even multiple provider therapies: the patient interacts with a single avatar which may be “driven” by different therapists at different times (allowing 24 hour care and a consistent “face”), or even running on auto-pilot as in the “Milo & Kate” demo above.  I did not realize we were so close the the ‘ractors in Neal Stephenson’s Diamond Age.

Virtual therapies could be amazing, or they could be awful! What’s your opinion?

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Many sufferers of Social Anxiety are made to feel that they do not have a “real medical condition.” This prejudice makes it all the more important to have a firm grasp on the medicine behind this condition.

This is a terrific video from University of California “Health Matters” program providing an in depth discussion of social anxiety and social phobia including its causes and treatment Continue reading What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Is social phobia a disability?

Can you get Social Security disability benefits for social phobia? The short answer is yes.

However, knowing that a condition can be disabling does not tell you HOW to prove that social phobia is disabling in your case.

As in any Social Security disability case, you have to show that social phobia keeps you from being able to engage in a substantial gainful activity (SGA). Continue reading Is social phobia a disability?