Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that occurs after a traumatic event. Although often associated with military service, many types of physical and psychological trauma can result in PTSD, including abuse, assault, violent accidents, natural disasters, or other distressing events.
Symptoms of PTSD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder rearranges the body’s physical stress response, a characteristic that makes it different from shock, depression, or stress. Those with PTSD often have moments of reliving the stress through nightmares, vivid memories, or flashback episodes, in which the event seems to be happening again. Those with PTSD can be emotionally detached and may feel numb to day-to-day activities. A constant state of stress, including sleeplessness, oversensitivity to being startled, difficulty focusing, and outbursts of anger, also accompany PTSD in many cases. Living with PTSD can making working impossible.
A diagnosis of PTSD usually requires the symptoms to last longer than a month. There are several therapy options for those suffering from PTSD and it is important to see a doctor or psychiatrist to get the help you need. If PTSD and its symptoms keeps you from working for at least 12 months, it is important to apply for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as possible to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.
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PTSD and Social Security Disability
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