Question: Can I get Social Security disability for PTSD?
Answer: Yes, it is possible to get Social Security disability for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They don’t make it easy. Merely having suffered a traumatic event in your life is not enough. All of us eventually suffer some traumatic stress. It has to be some event that has caused you to suffer a serious inability to function in your day to day life.
The nature of the stressful event is not important. This is because the event may not be as important as the person who experiences the event. There are people who survive incredibly stressful events in their life but who are able to function quite well. Senator John McCain, who was brutally imprisoned and tortured as a prisoner of war in Viet Nam, but who ran for President is an excellent example. Of course, he has horrible memories and, of course, he was changed by his experiences but what happened to him did not keep him from living his life. On the other hand, I have had clients whose lives were dramatically changed by PTSD from events such as an automobile accident in which no one suffered any significant physical injury or by the death of a loved one.
What matters is not the nature of the traumatic event but the severity of severity of the mental illness it has produced. If you are under ongoing psychiatric treatment and out of work due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), contact us. We may be able to help with a Social Security disability claim.