Some of the biggest wounds veterans and other people who have experienced trauma face are not physical. In fact, a person who may seem fine on the outside may be completely torn up emotionally because of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, or on account of some other condition that stems from a traumatic event.
While these people in many cases really are unable to hold a job and need time and support to get treatment, it is an unfortunate reality that it can be hard for a person with PTSD to get disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. The reason is that they don't have anything obviously wrong with them that would keep them from working. As such, Central Florida residents in this situation may have a hard time figuring out how to make ends meet.
PTSD is one of the many mental conditions our law office has experience with, and we have successfully helped those suffering with this condition get benefits through both the SSDI and SSI programs.
In our years of experience, we've acquired expertise in what exactly the Social Security Administration is looking for when it comes deciding whether a person's PTSD is enough to qualify as a "disability" under federal regulations. The bottom line is that the more information a person can gather about how PTSD is affecting their ability to work and function, the more likely it is that they will be able to obtain benefits.
While it is ultimately up to a person's provider to decide what to report in their official records, we are also able to advise what information the Administration might want to see when making a determination about how much the PTSD is affecting an applicant for disability.