December 10, 2018

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress and SSDIPost Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is often triggered by a terrifying event or series of events.   PTSD symptoms may include

  • flashbacks (reliving the terrifying event)
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • sleeplessness
  • uncontrollable thoughts
  • nightmares

The event(s) that cause PTSD may have  happened in childhood or they may have happened more recently.   The types of events that Social Security disability lawyers often see include:

  • childhood sexual abuse
  • teenage years sexual abuse
  • physical and/or verbal abuse
  • a serious physical injury
  • traumatic experiences in the military
  • the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one

Traumatic events that happened during childhood or adolescence may have been repressed for years, only to produce symptoms later in life without any particular triggering cause.

PTSD cases are often approved by Social Security Administration judges if medical and mental health treatment records document that you have significant problems with concentration, issues with interpersonal relationships, and reliability problems.