There are a number of mental health conditions that may qualify an individual for Social Security disability benefits. Amongst those is post-traumatic stress disorder, often referred to as PTSD. This condition can arise after an individual directly experiences a traumatic event. These events may include a car accident, military service at war and exposure to serious crime, but it can also occur in individuals who witness traumatic events. A little less than 10 percent of the population will experience this condition at some point in their lives.
How can PTSD affect an individual? There are a number of ways. Sufferers of this condition may experience flashbacks to a traumatic event, problems with sleep, anger issues and poor self-image. The severity of these symptoms can vary from person-to-person, and they may increase in intensity as life changes bring on new stressors. For some, PTSD is merely a chapter in their lives that they are able to overcome with time and treatment. For others, though, the effects of the condition can leave them facing hardships for years or, in some instances, the rest of their lives.