Social Security and PTSD
December 13, 2016
Sometimes really bad things happen in the lives of good people. Sometimes these bad things affect the person for months or years afterwards. Sometimes the effect is so much that it interferes with a person’s ability to function fully.
We sometimes call this PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. If the impact is so much that it keeps a person from being able to work, then the person might be considered as disabled.
Our knowledge of mental disorders, and PTSD in particular, has grown in recent years. As a result, the Social Security Administration is changing the way that it evaluates cases of trauma.
The new Social Security rules for looking at trauma cases (and many other categories of mental impairments) will take effect on January 17, 2017.
Previously, there was no specific rule for SSA to evaluate PTSD cases. Now there is a rule. This new Social Security rule for evaluating traumatic disorders will have particular relevance for veterans with active duty experience. It will also apply to many individuals who have experienced severe events in their lives at home.
People who have been affected in this way, who are not able to work as a result, should consider making a new application to be evaluated under the new rules.
Beyond PTSD, each of the Social Security Administration mental health rules has been reviewed. Numerous changes will start in January for the way that mental disorders are assessed.
To find out if you may be eligible for help, please visit SMRLS' Eligibility Page or call 1-888-575-2954.