Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Social Security Disability Benefits

If you suffer from PTSD, it may be hard to accomplish daily activities and tasks including working. If you feel you can no longer work due to this disabling condition, you may consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

PTSD affects many members of the military but can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event. People have experienced PTSD after childhood abuse, a sexual assault, physical violence, a car accident, a natural disaster or any event that can be perceived as life threatening.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is unlike simple shock, depression or stress, in the fact that the body and brain chemistry actually change with PTSD. The criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder is exposure to a traumatic event at some point in one’s life, flashbacks or nightmares related to the event, extreme fear of the event reoccurring, being significantly impaired in normal daily activities, avoidance, feeling hyper (sleeplessness, anxiety, anger) and having these symptoms for more than one month.

You Can Receive SSD Benefits for PTSD

In order to receive SSD benefits you must meet Social Security’s strict definition of disability and be unable to work for at least 12 months. If you are suffering from PTSD the lawyers at Berger and Green may be able to help. Contact us today for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your SSD claim with an experienced attorney.