If you have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), every day may be a struggle; so much so that this mental disability may hinder you from maintaining gainful employment. This is when Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may come in handy. Continue reading to learn whether you can receive financial relief and how a New Jersey attorney experienced in Social Security benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder, at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur, can come to your aid.

By definition, what is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Essentially, PTSD is a mental disorder in which an individual experiences difficulty in recovering after having experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. With this, PTSD is common among military veterans.

Usually, “triggers” bring back memories of the traumatic event and cause an individual to undergo adverse emotional and physical reactions. That is, an individual may experience nightmares, avoid certain social situations, express heightened reactions, and/or suffer from anxious or depressive moods. Unfortunately, this condition may last anywhere from a few months to a few years, or even indefinitely.

Can I receive relief via SSDI benefits for PTSD?

If you suffer from PTSD, you may need certain medications to manage your symptoms. In addition, you may participate in certain types of trauma-focused psychotherapy to help keep your adverse emotional and physical reactions at bay.

All the while, it may be difficult for you to afford the proper treatment plan when you are unable to work. This is why you may turn to an SSDI benefits application. For a better chance of receiving financial relief, it is in your best interest to take the following approach with your application:

  • You must submit evidence (i.e., photos, videos, legal actions, etc.) that shows the traumatic event that triggered your PTSD.
  • You must submit medical records that show the date on which you were diagnosed with PTSD.
  • You must submit medical records that show the treatments you have undergone thus far (i.e., notes from your psychotherapy sessions).
  • You must submit a written statement from a medical professional that shows how your PTSD is a serious and persistent condition that requires significant support.
  • You must submit a written statement from an employer or coworker that shows how your PTSD has affected your job performance.
  • You must submit written statements from your loved ones (i.e., friends and family) that show how your PTSD has affected your day-to-day life.

This is all to say that the more documentation you provide to the Social Security Administration, the better. So when it comes to your SSDI application, you need a skilled New Jersey mental and emotional disability SSDI benefits attorney by your side. For this, you must contact The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur today.