Is anxiety a disability?

Is anxiety a disability?

Depression and Anxiety Disability

Major depression is characterized by loss of pleasure in previously enjoyable activities, an invasive mood and very low self-esteem. This disorder requires the use of antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy.

In terms of psychology, major depression can be considered a mental disability or a mental illness. The vulnerability factors that these people suffer from are similar to those of other intellectual disability disorders. People who are at risk for major depressive disorder usually have one or more of the following factors:

To prevent major depression from affecting us it is very important that everyone feels integrated and has the necessary social support to be happy. That is why at the Foundation we strive to integrate people with different disabilities into the work environment, since having a job and independence improves anyone’s self-esteem.

Social phobia is a disability

Rosemary Kayess, Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, has not left her home in Sydney, Australia, for more than three months. She knows, quite simply, that the outside world is no longer a safe place for her.

“I have suffered constant anxiety as I have not been able to physically distance myself from my caregivers and have not had access to personal protective equipment, such as masks and hand sanitizer,” Kayess said.

“Two of my caregivers had purchased reusable masks last summer when the bushfires ravaged Australia, and those were the ones they used at first,” Kayess explained. “However, I couldn’t get any more for my other two employees. They had to travel to different pharmacies and stores, beg to be sold masks and try to convince the pharmacists and sales clerks that they needed to protect the disabled people they cared for.”

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Disability due to anxiety imss

Washington, DC, October 1, 2019 (PAHO) – Mental health problems are the leading cause of disability worldwide. Some of the leading disabilities are depression, anxiety, dementia, and alcohol abuse. It is estimated that 20 percent of healthy days lost are due to mental health conditions. And globally, only 10 percent of people who need care or treatment for mental health problems receive it.

These were some of the issues addressed by mental health experts at an event parallel to the 57th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on advances in the treatment of mental health problems at the first level of care.

Country representatives shared their experiences on the change of mental health models, from psychiatric hospitals to community care based on primary health care. They also highlighted the importance of prevention and early detection, the community mental health model and the need to integrate mental health services into primary health care. In addition, they highlighted the human rights approach and the need to continue fighting the stigma and discrimination that surround mental illness and prevent people from accessing the treatment they need.

Disability due to generalized anxiety

Searching the web or going to any bookstore or library you can find hundreds of books on anxiety, self-help books and publications that explain and investigate the process, how it is triggered and how to control anxiety.

Dr. Olga Albaladejo Juárez, specialist in Psychology and member of Top Doctors, gives us her personal explanation about this condition: “Like all emotions, anxiety has a practical use: it moves us to action. What action? Exactly, anxiety prepares us physically to face a danger that we anticipate in the future. It is my body’s response to what I imagine might happen. So, unlike stress, I don’t need the danger to be present; I just need it to be in my head.

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On the other hand, there are people in whom this feeling does recur and can “become disabling or a source of suffering”. It is in these cases “if this response is repeated frequently, in panic attacks, or is maintained over time and becomes generalized in the person’s life, when we will need psychological help”.