POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that is caused by witnessing or experiencing a frightening event.
Every once in a while we encounter a scary or dangerous event or situation. That’s part of life. Getting scared or feeling afraid is normal. When faced with this type of situation our body and our minds are equipped to handle a stressful situation. Our “fight-or-flight” response is then triggered to help us face our fears and would be able to respond appropriately to certain situations. Almost everyone will experience different reactions after a traumatic event but most will recover from the initial effect naturally. However, there are those individuals who continue to experience symptoms. They are then diagnosed to have PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder. Even if they are not in danger, people who have PTSD continue to feel frightened or scared greatly affecting their ability to live a normal life.
Not everyone who has undergone a traumatic event will develop PTSD. In fact, not everyone diagnosed with PTSD have been in a dangerous situation. Some people develop PTSD years after a traumatic event occurred. This is the case of chronic PTSD. It takes time to develop. For acute PTSD, it can happen suddenly. Symptoms of acute and chronic PTSD are the same; however in the acute PTSD symptoms begin to show early, usually within 3 months after the incident.
Before it is diagnosed as PTSD, the condition should be severe enough and have lasted more than a month. This condition can greatly affect relationships, work and a person’s activities of daily living. Some individuals can recover within a few months, while others last much longer sometimes years. Treatment of PTSD will depend on the person who has it. A treatment that works for one individual may not work for another.
If you think you are suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Post-traumatic Stress Disorder as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).