PTSD can affect you to your core. It is not a condition that is exclusive to one type of injury or occupation. The impact it has on your employment status and capabilities cannot be understated. Disability Rights Law Center has seen the effects of PTSD and how it can make a hard financial situation worse. We have worked face to face with clients to ensure that those suffering from it are able to secure aid and workplace benefits.
The term is a catch-all for a number of symptoms that can manifest in many ways. The American Psychiatric Association defines and lists a few symptoms including intrusive thoughts, negative feelings, and behavior that avoids reminders of whatever traumatic event caused the PTSD.
What separates PTSD from other conditions and diseases like depression can come down to the inciting incident and the length of effect. You may be suffering from PTSD but to be diagnosed, your symptoms need to have manifested over months or even years. By that point, your work may have already been affected. What triggers this anxiety can range from witnessing something disturbing or even experiencing workplace harm.
It is important to consult with your doctor or psychologist to determine the specifics. Knowing those details can help you in the process of filing for disability and financial aid when PTSD makes it difficult or impossible to work. As a diagnosis that covers so many incidences and causes, it can be a daunting task (especially if your PTSD anxiety is hindering you) to file for disability. For more information on this topic and how your future can be affected, please read our other articles regarding PTSD.