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PTSD affects millions of Americans

When Floridians hear about post-traumatic stress disorder, many think of military service members who have been exposed to explosions and gun fights. While these individuals certainly may develop the condition, they are not the only people who can be affected by PTSD. PTSD suffers can experience a wide-array of symptoms, and the results can have a drastic impact on their day-to-day lives. For some, the condition is disabling, making it impossible for them to find and hold employment. This, in turn, can lead to financial instability.

But how common is PTSD? First it is important to recognize the causes of PTSD. This medical condition takes hold in individuals who have experienced trauma. This is those individuals who have been in shocking and frightening condition where they may have feared for their life or the lives of others. It is estimated that 60 percent of all men and 50 percent of all women experience traumatizing events in their lifetime. Though a majority of the population experiences trauma, the number of PTSD sufferers are much smaller. Estimates put PTSD suffers at seven or eight percent of the population, which is still significant, as that equates to about 8 million people.

Those who find their everyday lives affected by PTSD need to carefully consider what they can do to find stability in their lives. This most likely includes medical treatment in some form, but it also means finding financial resources. Fortunately, PTSD is recognized by Social Security disability, meaning that benefits may be available to PTSD suffers who file a successful SSD benefits claim.

However, succeeding on a SSD claim requires thoroughness, diligence, and preparation. Failing to do so could lead to a claim denial. Though an individual can appeal a claim denial, this can take a long time. Therefore, these individual should do everything they can to put forth a strong claim the first time around. An experienced attorney may be able to provide a PTSD sufferer with much needed guidance when filing or appealing a claim.

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "How Common is PTSD?" accessed on Sep. 26, 2016

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