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If You Suffer from PTSD, Can You Qualify for SSD Benefits?

Often when we think of disabilities and those that qualify for benefits, we think of physical impairments. However, whether you have experienced active combat overseas, witnessed a violent crime, or otherwise experienced a traumatic event, it can impact you just as much – if not more so – than a visible, physical disability. 

When you have experienced a traumatic event, it may often lead to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD often shows itself in severe anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. This can significantly impact your ability to live your life normally and even hold a job. That’s why those with PTSD may actually be able to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits

It’s important to note that PTSD is commonly a co-occurring condition, with those suffering from it also experiencing additional mental disorders. These may include anxiety disorders, major affective disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse disorders, dysthymia, and dementia. 

PTSD Symptoms

So how do you know if you are in fact suffering from PTSD? You will likely experience specific symptoms that last for more than a month or that are severe. Such symptoms include: 

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Negative thoughts
  • Angry outbursts
  • Distorted feelings
  • Flashbacks
  • Avoidance of all things related to the event 

However, even if you don’t currently suffer from PTSD symptoms it doesn’t mean that you won’t eventually suffer from them later on. For some people, it may take years before they experience symptoms from a traumatic event. 

PTSD is not something unique to adults. Children can also experience PTSD, with girls experiencing it more often than boys. This makes sense considering that women experience PTSD at a higher rate than men. 

What Can You Do if You Suffer from PTSD?

If you believe that you are suffering from PTSD it’s imperative that you contact your doctor as soon as possible. 

While you may feel moments of hopelessness, hope is never lost. There are many different treatments, such as psychotherapy, EMDR therapy, and antidepressants, which can be used to help minimize the symptoms of your PTSD. 

If you ever experience suicidal thoughts it’s important to seek help immediately. You can reach the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 9-8-8- or if you believe that you are a risk to yourself, immediately dial 9-1-1-.

Since PTSD can so greatly impact your ability to work, it is listed as a medical condition in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability bluebook under 12.15 and 112.15. However, it’s not enough to simply prove that you are suffering from PTSD. You must also be able to prove that your PTSD is causing you to be unable to work. A knowledgeable and experienced SSD attorney can help you to prove just that. 

The Las Vegas SSD Attorneys at Roeschke Law, LLC Can Help

If you or a loved one is struggling with a disability that prevents you from working, you may not know how to proceed. Fortunately, the attorneys at Roeschke Law, LLC can help. We understand the impact that a disability can have on your physical, emotional, and financial health. That’s why it’s our mission to help you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!