Post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe type of anxiety disorder that typically occurs after a person has been exposed to a traumatic experience involving threat of personal injury or death.

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PTSD can occur for any traumatic reason, but some examples include natural disasters, terrorist attacks, time served in the military, rape, war, assault, floods or fires. There are three main types of PTSD:

  • “Reliving” the event: This is a type of PTSD in which you have flashbacks or severe memories of the event. People with this type of PTSD often have serious reactions to anything that reminds them of the traumatic event.
  • Avoidance: This form of PTSD is when the person seems to not care about anything. They feel detached and have trouble remembering anything connected with the trauma. They are less interested in things they usually would enjoy and they avoid people, places or thoughts that remind them of the event.
  • Arousal: Arousal is a form of hypersensitivity to stimulating activities. A person suffering from this form of PTSD may have trouble concentrating, experience overreaction to certain things that would normally scare you, have severe feelings of irritability and anger outbursts and trouble sleeping or staying asleep.

A silhouette of a person drinking liquor.There are other serious symptoms of this stress and tension that manifest themselves physically when a person is experiencing PTSD. These include agitation or excitability, dizziness, fainting, rapid heartbeat and headaches or migraines. Also, people with PTSD may experience problems with alcohol or substance abuse, depression or other related medical conditions. These symptoms may make it difficult or nearly impossible to work a regular job. If your doctor told you can’t work anymore due to your severe PTSD and are struggling to hold down a job, you may want to speak with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney in RI who can give you advice. An experienced RI Social Security Disability attorney in RI can help you to make important life decisions concerning your future.

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Some forms of PTSD are covered by the Federal Social Security Disability program depending on the extent of it as well as the documentation provided by your doctor. The medical diagnosis and accompanying medical documents are very important to the success of your claim. It is important to know that nearly 75 percent of first time applicants for Social Security Disability are denied. An experienced RI Social Security Disability attorney can help you to navigate a system that is very specific in the requirements. While you are dealing with the stress of your trauma, you can rest easy knowing that you have an experienced RI Social Security Disability advocate working for you to get your disability recognized by the Social Security Administration. Although the Social Security Administration process can be a stressful one, it doesn’t have to be.

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A personal injury lawyer is discussing a case with his two clients.If you have a lawyer prior to filing a claim with the Social Security Administration, your chances of succeeding are nearly doubled. Not only are your chances of success greater, but you will begin receiving your benefits more quickly. If you plan on, or are currently doing business with the Social Security Administration, call The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates now. We can help to ensure that your claim is processed quickly, efficiently, and successfully. We at d’Oliveira & Associates are highly skilled in the area of Social Security Disability law and have helped many clients successfully. Please contact The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.