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How PTSD may affect your ability to work

One of the most debilitating and misunderstood medical conditions people may suffer is post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a mental health disorder that often affects combat veterans or those who deal with trauma or violence in their profession. Symptoms often manifest itself after you experienced a violent or horrific event.

You might be dealing with PTSD. While doctors do not entirely understand the physiological changes that have taken place in you, the symptoms you experience may be severe and life-altering.

PTSD changes your body's chemical and hormonal reactions to stressful situations, causing you to behave in unpredictable ways. There are three main symptoms of PTSD:

1. Reliving the event: You may experience graphic flashbacks, disturbing memories or recurring nightmares.

2. Avoiding reality: You may be unable to communicate with others or feel disconnected from your own emotions.

3. Being overly vigilant: You may exist in a state of high alert or fear, overreacting to everyday events, such as sudden noises.

These symptoms have likely made life difficult for you since your traumatic experience. As much as you try to carry on a normal life, you may find yourself no longer able to do certain things.

Your symptoms on the job

You may have tried to go back to work, but your condition and the behavior it causes may make it impossible for you to continue in your chosen line of work.

Depending on your profession, your PTSD symptoms may be more pronounced. For example, if you work in a high-stress setting like an emergency room, or in a loud, physical trade like construction, your symptoms may make it difficult for you to keep a job. However, just because your job is sedentary in a quiet environment does not mean your PTSD symptoms will not be severe.

In addition to the psychological symptoms, you may also suffer from physical issues, such as headaches, dizziness, fainting and fatigue. It is common for PTSD sufferers to experience insomnia and depression.

Getting help with your Social Security Disability claim

Being unable to work has probably put a financial strain on your family. Seeking SSD benefits for PTSD may not be as difficult as you think. You will need to show that your symptoms prevent you from holding a job you are qualified to perform. You will also need medical documentation to support your claims.

While it seems simple, the very symptoms that compel you to seek benefits may actually inhibit your ability to pursue them. Fortunately, you can rely on a compassionate New Jersey lawyer to carry the load for you. Your Social Security attorney will handle the details of the claim so you can concentrate on your recovery.

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