Veterans’ Benefits: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Veterans who served in combat face the possibility of suffering a variety of injuries. While some of these injuries are physical and easily visible, others like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) aren’t so easy to see.

PTSD is a mental health disorder that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. It can be caused by living through a traumatic event or witnessing a traumatic event. In the case of veterans who have seen time in combat, both situations might have occurred. Simply seeing the horrors and results of combat can cause PTSD. Being injured during an attack or in a battle can also cause PTSD.

Veterans who suffer from PTSD may have flashbacks or the reliving or re-experiencing of past traumatic memories. One may also have nightmares, become depressed, or have certain triggers that remind them of a distressing event.

Treatment for PTSD can be costly, mostly because it is likely to be ongoing and involve several healthcare professionals. Psychology interventions, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and pharmacological treatments might all be involved in treating a single case of PTSD.

A veteran who is seeking Social Security Disability benefits because of PTSD can have his claim approved in two ways. First is to get a medical vocational allowance through the Social Security Administration. The second involves getting approved through a review of medical records. To qualify through your medical records, your records have to meet the requirements for anxiety-related disorders. Considering the complexity of the process, it’s best for claimants to work with experienced veterans’ disability lawyers.


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