Can I get disability benefits for PTSD? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental condition which develops after a person has experienced a traumatic event. While we have seen an increase in post-traumatic stress cases due our soldiers returning home from the war, PTSD can be caused by any severe stressful event and is not uncommon in persons who have unfortunately experienced physical and/or mental abuse.
The Social Security Administration lists Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a condition which can be disabling when the symptoms interferes with the person’s ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 12.06 in the Code of Federal Regulations lays out in specifics the impairments which a sufferer has to have in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for this condition; however, if you do not “meet or equal” this listing, you may still be entitled to disability benefits if your condition, in conjunction with any other physical or mental impairment, prevents you from returning to work you have done in the past and other substantial work you might be qualified to perform given your age, education and acquired work skills.
If you believe you or someone you care about may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, it is important that you seek medical attention. First and foremost, medical treatment can hopefully help you cope with the trauma you have experienced and allow you to regain the life you enjoyed before the event. Secondly, when filing for disability benefits due to the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, it is vital to have a well-documented mental health history as it takes a medical professional to diagnosis PTSD.
If you or a loved one lives in Alabama, you are suffering from the effects of post traumatic stress disorder and you believe you are disabled as the result and are entitled to Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you do not have to take on the Social Security Administration alone. Please feel free to talk with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today.
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