Does your trauma disorder qualify for benefits?

When people think about Social Security disability benefits, they often think about physical injuries or health issues. But did you know that mental health disorders can also qualify for the aid of disability benefits?

In specific, there are different categories of disorders that qualify you for benefits. Trauma and stressor-related disorders make up one of these categories.

Stressor and trauma-related disorders

Social Security lists the mental disorders that affect working adults in the United States. Many of these disorders can have a huge impact on your ability to get through daily living. This includes your ability to work a normal job and support yourself through standard means.

They classify different disorders into separate categories based on shared symptoms. For example, there is a category for depression and related disorders, and a category for anxiety and related disorders.

Stressor and trauma-related disorders also have their own category. You may fall under this category if you have post-traumatic stress disorder. Specified trauma and stressor disorders also fall under this grouping. This can include any adjustment-like disorder that have prolonged duration without the duration of the stressor.

Shared symptoms between these disorders

All disorders in this category involve the victim experiencing or witnessing a stressful or traumatic event. Due to this experience or knowledge, the victim deals with “clinically significant effects” on their ability to function.

You might experience distressing dreams and memories or flashbacks to the event. You might also deal with avoidant behavior and diminished interest in things previously enjoyable. You could also have a persistent negative emotional state. You may also experience physical effects, like trouble sleeping.

If any of these issues occur and/or you have a diagnosed stressor or trauma-related disorder, you may qualify for benefits, too.

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