Saturday, November 15, 2014

PTSD Can Emerge Late in Life: Be Ready

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is something that is often found in war veterans. Most people assume that it develops immediately after a traumatic event; studies, however, show that it can emerge much later in life. This is bad news for veterans, old and new.

The best way to treat PTSD is through urgent action, especially since therapies and medications for this disorder are most effective when the symptoms are not yet severe. Veterans ought to know that PTSD related to their time in service can make them eligible for VA disability benefits regardless of how long ago they served. This is why families need to work with law firms that specialize in VA benefits like Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law to convince the VA that their loved ones deserve either or both financial and medical assistance.

After all, the effects of PTSD can be very serious, especially if people who have it don’t seek immediate treatment. The symptoms for this disorder are generally classified as hyperarousal (i.e. increased anger, irritability, restlessness, etc.), re-experiencing (i.e. nightmares, phantom limb syndrome), or numbing (i.e. detachment to reality, hopelessness, etc.). Most cases of PTSD only bring about one or two symptoms, and these could be enough for PTSD-sufferers to find it difficult to resume their normal lifestyle, let alone perform “substantially gainful activities”. This is one of the most effective arguments used by experienced veterans disability lawyers. 


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