What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Have you been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Whether you suffer from PTSD or other types of war injuries, you should receive VA disability benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) evaluates PTSD for disability benefits.

Fight or flight

When you face danger, your body experiences an adrenaline rush as a defense mechanism. These changes are the body’s way of coping to avoid harm. Doctors call it the "flight-or-fight" response. The National Institute of Mental Health describes PTSD as "an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event." However, the problem with PTSD is that you experience this heightened response later on in life when no real danger exists. PTSD can elevate your heart rate and run down your immune system. This can make a person more prone to illnesses or disease. Sometimes it takes years after a traumatic experience for PTSD symptoms to develop. Symptoms often include the following:

  • Flashbacks of traumatic events
  • Disturbing dreams about the traumatic event
  • Emotional numbness
  • Memory difficulties
  • Concentration problems
  • Depression
  • Anger or agitation
  • Feelings of extreme guilt or shame
  • Self-destructive behavior (drug or alcohol abuse)
  • Insomnia
  • Fear that triggers easily
  • Hallucinations

Even though you should be able to receive benefits when you suffer from PTSD, sometimes the VA denies your disability or assigns it a lower percentage than is fair. The VA assigns a percentage for disabilities, such as 10, 30, 60 or even 100 percent disabled — depending on the severity.

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