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PTSD sufferers may be eligible for benefits

People who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may not be aware that they may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

PTSD is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event like assault, violence or a serious accident. Veterans can also suffer from PTSD as a result of their experiences in war.

Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, being easily startled and anger. These can emerge within a few months of the traumatic event but may also appear after several years.

PTSD can also occur along with other disorders like substance abuse, anxiety and dementia. Treatment can involve therapy and medications, as recommended by a medical professional.

Evaluation factors

Social Security will review medical evidence to establish whether a person who has PTSD is eligible for benefits. This may include reviewing the severity of the disorder and its effect on the person’s ability to work.

Medical evidence may include the reported symptoms, medical history, results of physical and mental evaluations and reviewing the medication the person currently takes.

They may also gather evidence from others who are aware of the person’s symptoms, daily functioning and medical treatment. This may include discussions with family, caregivers, friends, social workers or others, as permitted.

If the person seeking benefits works currently, they may also consider information from an employer including work schedules as well as support and accommodations the person may have received in order to work.

Applying for disability benefits can seem overwhelming, but an experienced attorney can answer questions about the application process and provide guidance. These benefits are in place to provide support when it’s needed most.

 

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