SSA’s New Listing for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
12.15 Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders
- Exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or violence;
- Subsequent involuntary re-experiencing of the traumatic event (for example, intrusive memories, dreams, or flashbacks);
- Avoidance of external reminders of the event;
- Disturbance in mood and behavior; and
- Increases in arousal and reactivity (for example, exaggerated startle response, sleep disturbance).
B. An extreme limitation of one, or marked limitation of two, of the following areas of mental functioning (known as Paragraph B requirements):
- The ability to understand, remember, or apply information;
- Interact with others;
- Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace; or
- Adapt or manage oneself
C. 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, or a highly structured setting that is ongoing and that diminishes the symptoms and signs of your mental disorder; 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.