Question: Can you get Social Security disability for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Answer: Yes, it is possible to get Social Security disability for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Some people have the terrible misfortune of suffering stress that changes them permanently. The lasting effects of combat are well known but there are many ways that civilians encounter such terrible stress. It may be as a result of being in an automobile wreck or being the victim of a violent criminal assault. It may be as a result of childhood sexual abuse. Whatever the underlying cause, it is the severity of the effect that is an issue in a Social Security disability claim.
To win a PTSD case, it is important that a Social Security disability claimant be in psychiatric treatment. If you are not in psychiatric treatment, Social Security’s unspoken question will be “If you have such a terrible psychiatric disorder, why don’t you see a psychiatrist?” Yes, you can get treatment even if you have no money or health care coverage. Indigent psychiatric care is very much available in North Carolina.
Avoiding substance abuse — alcoholism and drug abuse — is important in any psychiatric case. Social Security is likely to blame any psychiatric problems you have on drugs or alcohol if you give them half a chance. This isn’t something you can talk you way out of. Get clean and stay clean.
Other psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder or depression or panic attacks, can be important in PTSD cases. These other psychiatric problems often help in proving disability.