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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Winning Disability Benefits

WHO EXPERIENCES PTSD?

Although Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often associated with Veterans who experience the trauma of war, many people can have the symptoms  of the disease. Those who experience violence, such as spousal abuse, physical abuse, or sexual abuse, can carry the diagnosis of PTSD. Service members who deploy to war zones and experience the constant threat of death, come under attack, or experience the death of fellow soldiers may have symptoms of PTSD.  However, even service members who were not in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan, can struggle with PTSD.

Military personnel, policeman, fireman, or volunteers may also experience trauma in training exercises. Or they can experience trauma on the job. Imagine the trauma that can come from protecting civilians against an active shooter. Likewise, imagine the trauma that came from responding to the attack on Pentagon or the Twin Towers on 9-11.

There are dramatic stories of PTSD from those who have military jobs and police jobs. But damaging PTSD often comes from domestic violence. For example, abuse can occur from a parent to a child. Or, it can occur between partners in a marriage relationship. PTSD is more common than most people realize.  The mental symptoms from PTSD can be disabling.

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER SYMPTOMS CAN BE DISABLING

The SSA issued mental Listing 12.15 for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If you or your loved ones are experiencing PTSD and cannot work, Cannon Disability Law can help.  Listing 12.15 specifically addresses PTSD and will help you document your mental impairment so you can obtain disability benefits. Listing 12.15 is outlined below:

12.15 Trauma- and stressor-related disorders (see 12.00B11), satisfied by A and B, or A and C:

  1. Medical documentation of all of the following:
    1. Exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or violence;
    2. Subsequent involuntary re-experiencing of the traumatic event (for example, intrusive memories, dreams, or flashbacks);
    3. Avoidance of external reminders of the event;
    4. Disturbance in mood and behavior; and
    5. Increases in arousal and reactivity (for example, exaggerated startle response, sleep disturbance).

AND

  1. Extreme limitation of one, or marked limitation of two, of the following areas of mental functioning (see 12.00F):
    1. Understand, remember, or apply information (see 12.00E1).
    2. Interact with others (see 12.00E2).
    3. Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace (see 12.00E3).
    4. Adapt or manage oneself (see 12.00E4).

OR

  1. Your mental disorder in this listing category is “serious and persistent;” that is, you have a medically documented history of the existence of the disorder over a period of at least 2 years, and there is evidence of both:
    1. Medical treatment, mental health therapy, psychosocial support(s), or a highly structured setting(s) that is ongoing and that diminishes the symptoms and signs of your mental disorder (see 12.00G2b); and
    2. Marginal adjustment, that is, you have minimal capacity to adapt to changes in your environment or to demands that are not already part of your daily life (see 12.00G2c).

As you can see, Listing 12.15 is long. It can also be hard to understand. We know how to apply this listing to your case. If you are suffering from PTSD, you can win benefits. Contact us now. We will help you understand how to prove your disability to the Social Security Administration, so you can replace your income with disability benefits.

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