POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by exposure to an "extreme traumatic stressor involving direct personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, or other threat to one's physical integrity; or witnessing an event that involves death, injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of another person; or learning about unexpected or violent death, serious harm, or threat of death or injury experienced by a family member or other close associate." (DSM-IV)
This exposure causes an intense response. Some symptoms include:
- intense fear
- reliving the event
- numbing of general responsiveness
- impairs social relations
- impairs occupational functions
- guilt about surviving the event
- jumpiness around certain sounds
- deep nervousness, sadness
- trouble sleeping
- trouble concentrating
- need to self medicate with alcohol or drugs
PTSD is not new, just the name has changed. It has been known as Shell Shocked, Battle Fatigue, Vietnam Stress, Vietnam Syndrome and Delayed Stress.
If you have any of these symptoms PLEASE call the VETERAN CRISIS LINE AT 1-800-273-8255 NOW!
When you file a claim with the VA for PTSD you must 1) have a current medical diagnosis of PTSD, 2) been subjected to an extreme stressor during service and a medical nexus between the current symptoms and the inservice stressor, and 3) credible supporting evidence the the claimed stressor occured. Sometime Vets do not supply this last component. If you are denied we can help provide this evidence on appeal.
PTSD not only affects the Veteran but the Veteran's family as well. Please remember that " IT IS NOT WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU, IT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU!
What should veterans suffering from PTSD do?
Don't go it alone. It is important to have a skilled VA disability attorney to make sure that your claim is not denied, or is unfairly rated, due to a report from a biased VA doctor. Call us toll free from anywhere in the United States at 1-855-429-7770 Toll Free.