Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

PTSD and Social Security disability benefits

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.

Fortunately, those who have severe cases of PTSD may be able to find some sort of relief. One way this can come about is by successfully filing a claim for Social Security disability benefits. When an individual does so, he or she can be awarded compensation to help obtain much needed medical care and ease of lost income.

Of course, certain requirements must be met before SSD benefits can be recovered. This means that one must put forth evidence that he or she meets the qualifications for being deemed "disabled" by the federal government. This can be a challenging process, which is why many New Yorkers find it helpful to have a skilled legal advocate on their side to help competently guide them through the process.

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