July 30, 2014

PTSD and Social Security Disability

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PTSD and Social Security Disability

One of the most disabling anxiety disorders that individuals suffer with is a mental condition referred to as PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It has become a very significant condition, where Social Security Disability benefits being awarded is concerned, based on its three primary characteristics and the extent to which they inhibit an individual’s ability to work. These symptoms are:

  • Arousal – involves concentration difficulties, an exaggerated reaction to startling events, difficulties with sleeping, hypervigilance, and irritability followed by angry or aggressive outbursts.
  • Avoidance – this consists of apathy or not caring about anything, feeling detached, not remembering aspects of the trauma which triggered your condition, and not expressing your moods. Additionally, it oftentimes involves avoiding those objects, people, and places that remind you of the event as well as not participating in everyday activities.
  • Reliving the event – episodes involving “flashbacks,” distressing and recurring memories of the event, physical reactions to thinking about the traumatic event, and repeated dreams (nightmares) regarding the event are all characteristics of this particular symptom.

The condition can occur at any age in an individual’s life (female or male) and may relate to one of the following events that disrupted a normal lifestyle such as:

  • Assault
  • Domestic abuse
  • Incarceration in a penal facility
  • Military trauma
  • Natural disasters
  • Rape or sexual assault

The onset of PTSD can occur within 3 months of the event or not appear for 6 months or longer. If it occurs shortly after the event, statistics have shown that a person’s condition may improve within 3 to 4 months. However, some people will suffer long-term as the condition can also last for years at a time.

If PTSD is severe enough, the individual may lose the ability to perform everyday functions and tasks, including their jobs. If you have noticed that this is what you are currently dealing with, then it may be time to apply to the Social Security Administration for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. Simply stated, if you can’t earn a living, your survival is greatly impaired.

If you feel that you are suffering with PTSD, obtain documented proof from a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist who has been handling your case prior to the beginning the of application process. The best option you have is contacting and hiring a Social Security Disability attorney who is experienced with these types of SSDI benefits cases and qualified to help present your case in court.