Can I Collect Social Security Disability If I Have PTSD?

Each June, we like to remind our readers that it is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, as honored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The VA reported last year that up to 20 percent of military members returning from deployment eventually showed signs of PTSD. Additionally, eight percent of the country’s population, including active duty military members, veterans and civilians, are affected by the disorder.

PTSD is defined as an “anxiety condition prompted by a frightening incident and recurring overwhelming thoughts about the episode.” PTSD symptoms include:

  • Feeling hopeless about your future
  • Severe depression
  • Having a difficult time concentrating/remembering things
  • Feeling more angry and irritable
  • Feeling crushing shame and guilt over the event
  • Having a challenging time maintaining relationships
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Seeing and hearing things that are not there
  • Becoming easily frightened and startled
  • Feeling a lack of focus
  • Severe crying spells

For more information about PTSD, you can visit the VA’s website about the awareness month by clicking here.

I Have PTSD. Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

You may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if you suffer from PTSD. In order to qualify, you will need to meet Social Security Administration (SSA) requirements for anxiety disorders.

Additionally, you may need to submit medical evidence documenting your condition, including records of psychological episodes, such as panic attacks or suicide attempts.

Keep in mind, unlike the VA, which uses a percentage-based benefit system, the SSA uses an all-or-nothing approach when it comes to disability approval. For more information about the SSDI application process, contact our office at (918) 587-0050.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys


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