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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

December 28, 2013 Blog

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal, such as abuse or a natural disaster or military combat.   After experiencing a traumatic event some people develop this problem, while others do not.   PTSD is diagnosed after the traumatic event causes symptoms long after the ordeal has been over.  A person with PTSD may be easily startled and feel detached or numb, especially with people they were once close to.   PTSD can cause flashbacks, terror nightmares,  and persistent frightening thoughts.   Various external things can become triggers and cause a person with PTSD to relive the traumatic events.   The person suffering from PTSD may have avoidance behaviors that caused him or her to avoid any situation that reminds him or her of the traumatic event and may experience strong feelings of guilt, depression or worry.  Other symptoms are the loss of interest in past favorite activities, difficulty remembering the trauma, hyper-vigilance, angry outbursts, and difficulty sleeping.

PTSD can be so severe that a person is not able to work.  If this has happened to you or a loved one, please seek medical attention, because there are new treatments being developed all the time.  Additionally, we encourage you to apply for social security disability benefits if you are not able to work full time due to PTSD and anxiety symptoms.

Many people with PTSD have difficulty being around others and concentrating and focusing on simple tasks.  This makes it hard to handle a social security disability claim on your own.  If you need our assistance in pursuing your social security disability claim, please contact our office.  We have helped many people suffering from this condition get these important benefits.