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Study shows link between PTSD and food addiction

Post traumatic stress disorder can be a serious condition which has quite disruptive effects on the life of one who suffers from it and on his or her family. Readers are aware that many of our vets have post traumatic stress disorder, and that the condition can be debilitating in some cases. Many people with the condition end up developing addictions to distract themselves from difficult memories, thoughts and feelings.

Among the addictions PTSD sufferers can fall into is food addiction. According to new research, women who suffer from PTSD may be more likely to develop such an addiction. The study looked specifically at female nurses between the ages of 25 and 42 and determined that those who had experienced a traumatic event and had developed PTSD symptoms were significantly more likely to report food dependence or addiction. Those who suffered PTSD symptoms before the age of 10 were most at risk.Â

Food addiction is only one of the destructive behaviors that can flow from PTSD, and it is important for anybody who has symptoms of the condition to receive proper treatment. Among vets, PTSD is extremely common. Unfortunately, vets don’t always seek out the support they need to address their mental health.

PTSD is covered in the Social Security listing of impairments under mental disorders, particular anxiety disorders. To qualify for SSDI based on PTSD, one must provide adequate evidence to meet the requirements laid out in that listing. One must also be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity in any line of work, and the condition must be expected to last at least at least one year. Those who are unable to qualify on the strength of PTSD symptoms alone may be able to qualify on the basis of PTSD in combination with other impairments. Those who have questions should contact a knowledgeable SSDI attorney.

Source: livescience.com, “Trauma and Food Addiction Linked for Women,” Rachael Rettner, September 17, 2014.Â

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