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PTSD symptoms can arise from a variety of traumatizing circumstances

Post-traumatic stress disorder is something all of our readers have heard of and which many have experienced, either personally or because of a loved one or friend. Post-traumatic stress is quite common among veterans, of course, and one of the leading bases for VA disability claims.

Post-traumatic stress symptoms range in severity, with some experiencing major disruption and imbalance and others only mild symptoms. A recent CNN article highlights some interesting aspects of PTSD which are not as well known. For instance, post-traumatic stress symptoms can arise from a variety of incidents or circumstances, including medical trauma. In fact, those who have suffered a heart attack or stroke are at greater risk of developing PTSD. 

Post-traumatic traumatic stress can also arise from neighborhood violence. This can occur in neighborhoods where gunshots are common or where a neighbor is murdered. In cases where vets live in such neighborhoods, the problem can be compounded.

In any case of post-traumatic stress, one of the keys to successfully navigating the condition lies in how one deals with the trauma immediately after the events occur. Those who have either strong reactions or absolutely no reaction tend not to do as well, whereas those who face the problem calmly do best in the long run. For those who didn’t handle the traumatic event or circumstances well, medical or psychological assistance can be helpful, or even necessary.

For those who are severely impacted by post-traumatic traumatic stress and who are unable to work because of it, Social Security disability may be a viable option. For vets, SSDI may be available in addition to VA disability benefits. The requirements and standards used by the VA are different from those used by the Social Security Administration, though, and it can be helpful to work with an attorney familiar with the SSDI application process. 

Source: CNN Health, “5 things you may not know about post-traumatic stress,” Sara Cheshire, July 9, 2014. 


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