Can PTSD be disabling?

Many Ohio residents consider disabilities to affect the physical body, such as complications from a traumatic brain injury, burns or broken bones. What about emotional injuries, you may wonder? Can something like chronic anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder be disabling enough to prevent you from working?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a complicated condition that can cause devastating mental and even physical effects, as the American Psychiatric Association explains. PTSD can occur after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. The event does not have to be sudden, such as a car accident or explosion. You can also develop PTSD after experiencing years of trauma, such as childhood abuse or being in a violent relationship.

Sufferers of PTSD often have flashbacks of the event and can be easily startled or constantly feel on edge. You may have trouble sleeping or suffer from nightmares most nights. You may struggle with feelings of self-blame or guilt or have trouble remembering the details of the traumatic event. Without treatment, the symptoms of PTSD can last for years or the rest of your life. When an emotional condition permeates your daily life and affects you at work, it can be disabling.

You may wish to file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits if you have PTSD. However, it is important to note that many claims for emotional injuries are denied. Even so, you have the right to appeal a denial and to have an advocate on your side during the process. This information is not meant to replace the advice of a lawyer.