Post-traumatic stress disorder and disability benefits

Oct 25, 2022 | Social Security Disability

People who have been through traumatic events in life may develop post-traumatic stress disorder. This condition is often associated with people who have been in bad accidents, been in the military, or have suffered abuse. 

PTSD isn’t always a life-long condition. It’s usually manageable with treatment but can last forever if the person doesn’t receive treatment. The symptoms of PTSD usually manifest within the first three months after the traumatic event – but can take longer. 

How does PTSD affect a person’s career?

There are several ways that PTSD can impact a person’s ability to work. This condition can cause flashbacks, mood changes and altered reactivity. These can all cause severe limitations while working. There are four points that have a profound impact on someone in the workplace:

  • An inability to interact with other people
  • An inability to manage yourself or act in a suitable manner in a workplace
  • An inability to remember, understand or apply information
  • An inability to maintain a work pace or concentrate

People who have PTSD may need medication to help control the symptoms. They’ll also need to have mental health care, such as therapy, to help them learn how to overcome the triggers that cause them to react. Once treatment is established, PTSD might become manageable so the individual can work and earn a living.

Anyone who has PTSD that’s expected to last more than a year and is severe enough to prevent them from earning a living should apply for SSDI. Legal guidance can help you have a successful outcome with your claim.