PTSD and Social Security Disability


A number of our Social Security Disability clients suffer from post-traumatic-stress-disorder or PTSD. Individuals suffering from this disorder frequently experience the following symptoms:

*re-experiencing symptoms (for example, a car backfire reminds a veteran of gunfire from battle),

*avoidance of situations that remind a person of the traumatic event (for example, avoiding television shows with natural disasters after one survives an earthquake),

*and feeling keyed-up or hyper-aroused.

The course of prescribed treatment can include cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, and medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). While not all individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD will be found disabled under Social Security rules, one source of information for people with PTSD that we recommend is This is a Web site full of information and resources for those suffering from PTSD.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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