Some people believe that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) only affects soldiers. In reality, however, a wide range of people experience PTSD for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, a single traumatic event, such as a fatal crash when you’re driving a commercial vehicle, is sufficient to cause PTSD. Witnessing the injury of another person could also cause PTSD. Recurring issues, like ongoing abuse by a manager or coworker could eventually cause PTSD.
First responders, such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians or ambulance drivers are also prone to developing PTSD over time. Other people develop PTSD as the result of a violent attack, assault or witnessing an assault on someone else. PTSD can be difficult to treat, and its symptoms can directly impact your ability to work or even care for yourself.
PTSD and other mental health issues can prove difficult when it comes to obtaining the Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits you need. Unless you are a military veteran with a VA diagnosis of complete or partial PTSD disability, proving that you have PTSD can be difficult. Working with an experienced SSDI and workers’ compensation attorney is the best way to have your claim processed properly. An attorney can improve your odds of a favorable outcome to your SSDI claim.
PTSD symptoms can persist for life
Even with therapy and social support, PTSD symptoms can last for years or the rest of your life. You may have trouble controlling your emotions, including anger and fear, when around co-workers or customers. Hyper-vigilance can also make working in any kind of public setting complicated or impossible. Combine that with difficulty sleeping and trouble concentrating and PTSD can completely change your ability to work. Certain steps, such as working from home or obtaining a service dog trained to help during episodes, can reduce your symptoms.
You may need therapy and support for a long time after developing PTSD. The more complex and diverse the trauma that caused your PTSD, the more difficult it is to treat. While certain forms of therapy can help with issues such as hyper-vigilance and emotional regulation, PTSD can be a lifelong condition. You deserve benefits that will ensure you can retain your home and receive the medical care you need to adjust to life with PTSD.
An attorney can help with your claim process
SSDI applications are complicated. In order to prove PTSD, you may need medical documentation from several professionals. Your attorney can help connect you with the right people for proving your diagnosis. An attorney can also help you fill out all forms and file them on time. Denial of your initial claim happens, but your lawyer can help with the appeal process as well.