Many people think of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as a condition which afflicts soldiers who have seen combat. This is indeed true, and those veterans who suffer from it deserve utmost sympathy and support.
However, more and more, experts are realizing that PTSD is an emotional illness than can affect a number of different types of people for a number of reasons. In fact, millions of people in Florida and other parts of the country suffer from this condition.
The onset of PTSD can be connected with any sort of catastrophic or emotionally jarring event that a person experiences. Incidents of PTSD have occurred in people who have lived through a natural disaster or a criminal or terrorist incident. People who have been attacked or abused or even who have just had a profound loss in their lives, may also develop PTSD.
Overall, it has become clear that some people, perhaps for genetic reasons, simply do not respond to profoundly stressful events very well and may develop PTSD as a result. The symptoms, which include flashbacks, anger and avoidance behaviors, can seriously affect a person who is suffering with PTSD, possibly leaving that person unable to work or even function in daily life.
As a previous post on this blog discussed, PTSD victims can get financial help by applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. While these payments won’t undo the pain they have experienced, they can at least help with the person’s finances somewhat as they focus on their recovery. It may be helpful for someone suffering with PTSD to get the assistance of an attorney in applying for these benefits.