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PTSD and Social Security Disability

June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) month. This mental illness is commonly associated with veterans who experienced terrible events while serving in war zones. However, PTSD can occur in anyone. 

People who were physically, emotionally or sexually abused can experience PTSD. People injured in motor vehicle accidents often show the symptoms of this anxiety disorder. Being mugged, surviving a house fire or natural disaster such as an earthquake, losing a child, developing a life-threatening illness or many other situations can lead to PTSD. In short, you do not have to be a vet to experience this life-altering condition.

People with PTSD can experience some or all of these symptoms, usually within a few months of a triggering event:

  • Flashbacks, dreams and nightmares
  • Feeling numb emotionally
  • Trying not to think about what happened
  • Not wanting to do things you once enjoyed
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Memory problems
  • Concentration problems
  • Anger management problems
  • Overwhelming shame and guilt
  • Relationship problems
  • Sleeping problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Being easily startled
  • Unexplained crying spells

Some people are more likely to be affected by PTSD than others. Women, people who experienced other trauma early in life, people who were abused or neglected as children, and victims of rape or incest are more likely to suffer from PTSD if they experience a triggering event. Additionally, there are some things that make PTSD more complicated and difficult to treat such as drug addiction, depression and eating disorders.

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD, you may be eligible to obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits if you cannot work because of your condition. To learn more, do what so many others have done over the years: Turn to Binder & Binder®, America's most successful Social Security Disability advocates. Tell them your story and find out whether they can help.

Source: The Guardian, "June 2013 fourth annual PTSD Awareness Month," Jun. 10, 2013.

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