PTSD and the Social Security Administration
The American Psychiatric Association defines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.
PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II. The Viet Nam era popularized the term ‘thousand yard stare.” But PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans. PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.
People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people. People with PTSD may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, and they may have strong negative reactions to something as ordinary as a loud noise or an accidental touch.
The fact that people with PTSD avoid situations that remind them of their experience of trauma makes following through with the long and arduous Social Security Disability process incredibly difficult. Often the process of filing for disability can cause stress and anxiety, sometimes triggering your symptoms. We at Binder and Binder have over 40 years of experience dealing with the government. We’re here to lift the yoke of stress and anxiety off of your shoulders. There’s a reason our motto is “We’ll deal with the Government. You have enough to worry about.”