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Social Security Disability for PTSD


    Get a Baltimore or Washington Disability Advocate to Handle Your Claim

    If you endured a trauma—an accident, natural disaster, violent crime, life-threatening health scare, service in combat or more—it’s common and completely normal for you to experience post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

    The mental health nonprofit the Sidran Institute said more than 13 million Americans are affected by PTSD at any given time.

    The effects of PTSD, like flashbacks or panic attacks, can be severe enough to stop you from working.

    But there’s a way to get financial relief while you work through your PTSD: Social Security Disability benefits .

    SSD provides monthly income to help with your basic expenses.

    The only issue is that it’s tough to get approved. Most applicants get denied.

    Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates can get you through this. We’ll listen, understand and take on the details of your claim. We’ve helped thousands of people.

    If you live with mental health disorders in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Alexandria and Northern Virginia, or anywhere in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware or Pennsylvania—or any state—get in touch with us.

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    How to Qualify for Social Security Disability for PTSD

    Even though you know your symptoms are real, simply telling the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you have PTSD is not enough to qualify you for benefits.

    You will need to prove that you meet the standards in the SSA’s official listing of impairments that qualify for benefits. For PTSD, this includes documenting symptoms like these:

    • Reliving trauma through flashbacks, nightmares or memories
    • Mood and behavior disturbances
    • Stress that interferes with daily life
    • Hyper-alertness
    • Avoiding situations that remind you of the trauma
    • Sleep problems.
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Difficulty processing information
    • Difficulty interacting with others

    To prove that the effects of PTSD are severe enough that you can’t work, you’ll need to provide medical records from your therapist and psychiatrist.

    It’s also possible that if the SSA decides that your case doesn’t meet its specific listing for PTSD, you could still win benefits based on how your symptoms impact your functioning—under what Social Security calls a “medical-vocational allowance.”

    If you have questions about qualifying for benefits with PTSD, you can contact Mathis & Mathis at any time for your FREE evaluation.

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    How Mathis & Mathis Helps You Win Disability for PTSD

    No matter what strategy you use, to get disability benefits you must meet these fundamental requirements:

    • Your PTSD is bad enough that you can’t work.
    • You won’t be able to work for at least a year.
    • You can’t switch to another line of work.

    The disability advocates at Mathis & Mathis help you prove these points by presenting Social Security with evidence like:

    • Details of your past work experience and education
    • Reports from your therapist or psychiatrist
    • Records of hospitalizations or other medical treatment
    • Lists of medications you take
    • Statements from people who know you personally

    At Mathis & Mathis, we’re here to make putting together your case easier for you. We know what information you need, how to get it and how to present it to Social Security.

    PTSD is difficult to talk to about with other people. You may feel isolated, like many people just don’t understand.

    But our disability advocates know PTSD is real and debilitating—and you may have no choice but to stop working.

    Your trauma has taken so much from you. Let us help you protect your financial security.

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    Applying or Appealing, We Can Help

    Whether you’re in the initial stages of applying, appealing a denial of benefits, or wondering if you qualify, Mathis & Mathis can help.
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    Social Security Disability FAQs

    Because applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated, you likely have many questions about the process. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

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    PTSD Claims Quick Guide

    If you’re among the millions who struggle with PTSD after a disturbing experience left you with lasting emotional impacts, Social Security Disability benefits can provide financial relief. Benefits help you stabilize your life when it’s impossible to function in a job. This guide from Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates provides a quick look at what it takes to win benefits for PTSD.

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    Hear from a Mathis & Mathis Client

    “I could not recommend Mathis & Mathis highly enough. They were kind, patient and thorough. No question was too small. They were timely in responding to me. While the process of applying for and obtaining disability is a long, tough road, Mr. Mathis made everything so much better. If you are thinking about applying, please do and know you will be taken very good care of . . . just like family.”

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