PTSD Long Term Disability Claim
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder triggered by a traumatic event. Most develop PTSD after witnessing an event that brings about intense fear. Trauma doesn’t always trigger PTSD. Sometimes symptoms worsen and last a long time. Then, they interfere with a life. PTSD doesn’t always com from battle fatigue or shell shock. PTSD can affect abuse, rape, violence or natural catastrophe victims.
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects approximately 7.7 million Americans aged 18 and older. Women are four times more likely than men to develop PTSD. Experts believe this is because women are at an increased risk of experiencing interpersonal violence (i.e. sexual violence).
Other traumatic events leading to PTSD are fire, natural disaster, mugging, robbery, assault, civil conflict, car accident, plane crash, torture, kidnapping, life-threatening medical diagnosis, terrorist attack and other extreme or life-threatening events.
Within three months of a traumatic event, PTSD symptoms usually begin. But, this isn’t the case for everyone. Symptoms can be delayed for years, and they can be sporadic as memories or events trigger the symptoms. This instability disrupts an entire life.
There are three types of PTSD symptoms: intrusive memories (flashbacks), avoidance and numbing (avoiding activities due to feeling numb) and increased anxiety (irrability or anger).
In addition, studies of war veterans who suffer from PTSD have demonstrated a link between PTSD and the development of medical illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases and musculoskeletal conditions.
Other symptoms include:
- Upsetting dreams
- Avoidance thinking
- Feeling hopeless
- Memory and concentration problems
- Inability or difficulty in maintaining close relationships
- Overwhelming feelings of guilt or shame
- Self-destructive behavior like alcoholism
- Difficulty sleeping
- Being easily startled or frightened
- Visual or auditory hallucinations
Showing treatment for PTSD will help if a PTSD long term disability claim was denied. Treatment can include counseling, psychotherapy and medications. These medications include anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and anti-psychotics.
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