Can I Get Disability Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

If you have post-traumatic stress disorder, Social Security disability benefits may be available. To determine whether you are disabled by your post-traumatic stress disorder, Social Security Administration first considers whether it is severe enough to meet or equal a listing at Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process. See How to Get Disability Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Meeting a Listing. If you meet or equal a listing because of your post-traumatic stress disorder, you are considered disabled. If your post-traumatic stress disorder is not severe enough to equal or meet a listing, Social Security Administration must assess your residual functional capacity (RFC) (the work you can still do, despite the post-traumatic stress disorder), to determine whether you qualify for disability benefits at Step 4 and Step 5 of the Sequential Evaluation Process. See Residual Functional Capacity Assessment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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