Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has received a lot of attention lately due to the number of soldiers who have been affected by it after serving in a war. However, PTSD can also be caused by everyday events such as car accidents. In some cases, PTSD can interfere with your ability to interact with other people and participate in previously normal activities like work.
Thankfully, the Social Security Administration and other long-term disability providers recognize that mental illnesses can be just as disabling as physical ailments. If you are no longer able to work due to PTSD, you should consider filing for long-term disability benefits to help you during this difficult time. For experienced help, contact a knowledgeable Indiana long-term disability lawyer from Hankey Law Office, today at (800) 520-3633.
What Causes PTSD?
When you see or experience a frightening event, the body releases a flood of hormones that trigger a “fight-or-flight” response. However, with PTSD, the response is abnormal, which can leave you feeling frightened or in danger even when you are not. Events that can trigger PTSD include:
- Natural disasters
- Car accidents
- Military combat
- Danger to loved ones
Symptoms of PTSD
The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can prohibit you from functioning normally. If you have PTSD, you may experience symptoms such as:
- Vivid flashbacks
- Losing interest in things you once enjoyed
- Emotional numbness
- Inability to sleep
- Angry outbursts
- Feeling tense
These symptoms can disrupt your ability to communicate and interact with other people, as well as focus on your work. Sometimes, you may have to leave work and focus on recovery, like talking to a mental health specialist.
If you are experiencing PTSD or other mental health issues that interfere with your ability to work, you may be entitled to long-term disability so that you can rest and recover. To discuss your case, contact an experienced Indiana long-term disability attorney from Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633 today.