You May Be Able to Get Disability Benefits for PTSD

If you are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Michigan, and it is affecting your ability to work to your previous ability, you may be eligible to receive social security disability benefits. Whether you are a victim of a traumatic event, are a veteran or cannot recover from a violent crime, the related symptoms can be debilitating and prevent you from performing your job.

The Social Security Administration outlines what constitutes PTSD, who is most vulnerable to it and some of the symptoms. PTSD can affect a wide variety of people in any age group. Those at high risk of getting it are people who:

  • Are witness to, or a victim of, a traumatic event
  • Experience trauma or abuse in childhood
  • Are gravely hurt during a traumatic event
  • Have another mental condition such as substance abuse or depression 
  • Have been in combat 
  • Do not have a support system after a traumatic event

Some of the symptoms include difficulty sleeping, flashbacks, trouble remembering details of the event, angry outbursts, feeling guilty and feeling negative. These symptoms can last anywhere from one month to many years.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration discusses that veterans experience high rates of PTSD, and that Social Security disability benefits can greatly benefit them. For veterans and others suffering from PTSD, they may be eligible for benefits if doctors expect the condition to last at least 12 months and it substantially affects their ability to function at work. With approval, recipients receive monthly cash benefits as well as health benefits if they do not have coverage elsewhere.