There are many issues for which a New Jersey resident can be approved for Social Security disability for mental conditions. Many are difficult to notice and understand, even for the person who is suffering from this form of mental illness. However, it is possible to get disability for these conditions if the applicant goes through the process correctly, provides the necessary evidence and has legal assistance. One mental disorder that is prevalent – and many do not even know they have it – is obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD.

When assessing OCD, it is important to understand that it is a form of anxiety. Those who are suffering from OCD have a variety of symptoms including thoughts that repeat again and again, obsessions on certain subjects, or continually do the same actions over and over. One example of OCD is to repeatedly touch objects as a ritual for fear that something bad will happen if it is not done. Others are continually washing one’s hands, checking the oven to make sure it is off, twitching, having spasms and tics.

OCD might start with minor behaviors, but it can quickly escalate until the person is debilitated. Obviously, this can have a negative impact on the ability to work and take part in enjoyable activities. With OCD, it is generally perceived as a brain issue that can be treated whether through medication or therapy. When the OCD has reached a point where the person cannot work and needs medical care, it is vital to understand what is required to get SSD benefits. The Social Security Administration needs evidence from medical sources that the person has OCD. Other forms of evidence include family members, friends, co-workers and acquaintances who have witnessed and experienced the inherent negative effects of the applicant’s OCD.

Having legal advice is critical at every stage of the process from accruing evidence, finding witnesses, filing the applications, appealing denied claims and more. Calling for advice from a law firm that has a history of assisting those who are suffering from OCD and are seeking Social Security disability benefits for anxiety disorders is the first step toward being approved and getting SSD.