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Those with severe PTSD may qualify for Social Security Disability

When people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), most people tend to think of military veterans. After all, these individuals may have experienced intense conflict, witnessed many deaths or even had to go through a life-threatening situation. Most military veterans with PTSD can receive benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs if they go through the proper channels.

However, PTSD affects many other people than soldiers. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, between seven and eight percent of people in the United States will likely experience PTSD symptoms at some point in their lives.

Many of these people have never been in the military. The symptoms can be quite debilitating, which is why it can qualify some for Social Security Disability.

PTSD can result from all kinds of trauma

Explosions, sexual assault, physical assault, robbery and kidnapping can all cause PTSD. However, military campaigns and violent crimes are not the only sources of PTSD.

People may develop PTSD as a result of a car accident, because they witness someone die, after abuse from an intimate partner or childhood abuse, or even as the result of a serious medical condition, like cancer. For some people, the symptoms can be easily managed. For others, it can become a lifetime struggle.

Those with more complex traumas often have a harder time managing their symptoms. If PTSD results from a house fire, for example, avoiding smoke and bonfires can reduce or eliminate triggers. If someone can't handle loud noises, bright lights or other common stimuli, it could make working or even leaving the house a struggle.

A diagnosis is only the first step

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD, you may think that you'll quickly and easily qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Sadly, the process often takes a long time and may even require a denial and an appeal to complete. Many people with severely debilitating conditions find their claims denied when they first apply. There is a host of reasons why this happens.

One of them is that the Social Security system is overloaded with applications. Currently, there are over a million people waiting to have their Social Security Disability Income benefit application or appeal reviewed. It can take months or even years to go from the application to receiving benefits.

Another reason why people often find initial claims denied is a simple mistake. The forms and documentation required for an approved Social Security Disability claim are quite complicated. It is easy for someone, either the applicant or even the diagnosing physician, to make a small mistake.

If the wrong words get used in the medical documentation, for example, it could make PTSD seem less serious than it is, in your case, or even lead to confusion about your actual diagnosis.

Don't let a denial keep you from the benefits you deserve because of serious PTSD. You should be ready to file an appeal, if necessary, and prepared to take whatever steps you need.

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