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Denied SSA Disability Benefits: Do Your PTSD Symptoms Qualify You?


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1/20/2016
John L. Keefe
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Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is no picnic. Indeed, the symptoms of PTSD often become severe enough to interfere with your ability to work. And when this happens, many Americans turn to the Social Security disability program to help fund even the most basic of needs. But many applicants are denied because their symptoms are difficult to prove. 

If you have PTSD, your symptoms will probably fall into one or more of three main categories:

  • 1. Intrusive memories. Flashbacks, nightmares, and reliving a traumatic event can all interfere with your ability to function normally in day-to-day living. These memories can cause you to lose sleep and avoid contact with the outside world if they are severe. 
  • 2. Avoidance and emotional numbing. This set of PTSD symptoms involves how you perceive and interact with the world around you. For instance, you might go to great lengths to avoid talking or even thinking about the event that caused your illness. You may also experience problems with memory and concentration and with personal relationships. Sometimes PTSD causes you to see your future as hopeless.
  • 3. Increased anxiety or emotional arousal. PTSD also can affect your emotional responses to everyday occurrences. For instance, you may find yourself feeling unreasonably angry, unable to sleep, easily startled or even seeing or hearing things that are not there. In addition, you might experience being crippled by guilt or shame, and even engage in self-destructive behaviors.

Any one of these PTSD symptoms, intrusive memories, avoidance and numbing, anxiety, when they become severe enough, can cause disability. But the symptoms of PTSD are also quite difficult to document, so many deserving applicants are denied SSA disability benefits. If this happens to you, you may want to contact a New England SSA disability expert.

Keefe Disability Law, in Boston, has helped many Rhode Island residents fight SSA disability benefit denials. By calling us, you will discover a caring and compassionate staff that both understands and successfully manages disability denials. Call us today, toll free, at 888-904-6847 for a free consultation.



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John L. Keefe
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