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Should I be able to recieve social security disability for PTSD?

Asked by Bobbilynn (565points) June 15th, 2009 from iPhone

I was sexually abused as a child, and it has caused me to be emotionally impaired, to the point now I have lost my job of nine years. Due to this impairment. I have been in therapy for 3 years.

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Kayak8's avatar

You probably won’t be able to collect SSDI for PTSD under the circumstances you describe. The trauma happened as a kid, but you were able to function in a job for 9 years. It will probably require a different dx.

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes, I think you could. My sister started receiving SSI for PTSD approximately 25 years after the actual incident. Your doctor will have to fully document all the relevant things that prevent your coping with daily life. Do not expect the Social Security to approve your application when first submitted.

They have an unwritten rule to turn down all applications at first, and then only approve after you hire a lawyer, and the lawyer will get paid out of the back payments. In other words, when your appeal is approved, it will date back to the original date you apply, and the make up check will go to the lawyer.

Bobbilynn's avatar

Sounds unfair!

RedPowerLady's avatar

I absolutely think you should be able to. PTSD is a real and traumatic condition. I would, however, like for you to get some healing while you are on SSI so that at some point you could happily go back to work.

As far as actually getting SSI I recommend getting some help filing the application. As @YARNLADY said they reject most applications the first time around so don’t get discouraged. Many people try a few times before getting accepted.

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