What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

The brave men and women of our nation’s armed forces are often exposed to terrifying and stressful situations. Oftentimes, these scenarios occur during wartime. Exposure to such traumatic events can leave a veteran with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, a serious mental illness that can cause anxiety and depression. PTSD can change an individual’s life, as it may affect personal and professional relationships, and it may cause an individual to suffer from flashbacks.

The symptoms of PTSD can be wide-ranging and devastating. Victims may display aggressive behavior, have issues with concentration, develop an inability to experience positive emotions and partake in self-destructive behavior. As an indirect consequence, those who suffer from PTSD may suffer financially. Their mental state might make it difficult for them to obtain and hold a job, and they may need extensive medical treatment. The financial strain can further exacerbate a PTSD sufferer’s situation, making it that much harder for the person to get on the right track emotionally and mentally.

Fortunately, the Social Security disability system recognizes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. This means that, by filing a successful disability claim, a PTSD sufferer may be able to acquire compensation to help the person cover any medical expenses and the person’s cost of living. However, the ability to obtain Social Security disability benefits may hinge on whether or not a sufferer’s condition is actually debilitating.

The Social Security claims process is one that is fraught with nuances and legal complexities. Therefore, it may be best for those suffering from PTSD to discuss their situation with a competent, compassionate and diligent Tennessee attorney. By seeking legal assistance, PTSD sufferers put themselves in a position to potentially find the money needed to properly treat their condition and, hopefully, reclaim their health and life.

Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” accessed on Dec. 30, 2014