Thursday, March 13, 2014

Claiming Social Security for PTSD

When people think about social security disability benefits, they naturally associate it with individuals who have been rendered disabled by bodily injuries. In reality though, the Social Security Administration (SSA) also pays out benefits to people suffering from anxiety-related conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

You might not know it, but it’s not only soldiers injured in the battlefield who get this condition. Basically, any traumatizing event can cause someone to develop PTSD, whether it be physical abuse, a crime, or even natural disasters like a hurricane.

Like other applications for social security disability, claims by PTSD sufferers are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and will only be approved if you can prove that extreme anxiety prevents you from working.

Unlike other medical conditions though, PTSD is harder to diagnose because it is not physical in nature. To bolster the chances of your claim being approved, your medical records must clearly state that you exhibit symptoms of PTSD like regular panic attacks, and that it hinders your daily life.

Given the challenges of claiming benefits for conditions like PTSD, many sufferers either get a more limited medical-vocational allowance or have their application denied altogether. In these cases, a social security lawyer can appeal the result and help you get full benefits.

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