Is Anxiety a Disability?

I have in the past pondered whether my anxiety in the form of Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety was a disability. As I also have Ulcerative Colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and receive Personal Independence Payment, now, if I am asked in a questionnaire etc whether I consider myself disabled, I do usually end up ticking yes.

Today I stumbled across this definition of When a mental health condition becomes a disability on GOV.UK website and as the definition of a disability is a long term illness that has an effect on your normal day to day activities, as defined under the Equality Act 2010, I now accept the answer is yes I am disabled, because my mental health condition is long term (over 12 months)  and has a SIGNIFICANT impact on my normal day to day life as does my IBS and IBD.


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