Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Long-Term Disability Lawyers for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims in Markham & Toronto
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition stemming from a traumatic event. Similar to depression and anxiety, it is a so-called “invisible condition” that can severely impact a person’s life, including their ability to perform their job. While it is quite common for those who have experienced a terrifying situation or been witness to one to go through a period of adjustment while they learn to cope with what happened to them or what they saw, this period typically doesn’t last for an extended period of time. Those who are still struggling with symptoms weeks or months after the incident, or whose symptoms worsen, may be suffering from PTSD.
At MK Disability Lawyers, we understand that those suffering from PTSD are extremely sensitive and may find that symptoms may be triggered suddenly and unexpectedly. We also know how much this disorder can impact a person’s life, making day-to-day life and work seem impossible. As a result, we take extreme care when dealing with clients suffering from PTSD. We do whatever we can in order to accommodate them and make them as comfortable as we can throughout the dispute process. Understanding that no two disorders are exactly alike, we work with our clients to determine best practices for working with them in order to minimize any stress that may contribute to intensifying or triggering their symptoms.
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & How is it Diagnosed?
Post-traumatic stress disorder presents after a person has experienced or witnessed severe trauma, involving a threat of violence or danger to a person’s life or physical well-being. This typically includes situations involving physical or sexual abuse, assault, a serious accident, or exposure to violence through military combat. PTSD may develop soon after the inciting incident, or it may lay dormant for years before it begins to affect a person’s functionality.
Symptoms of PTSD can typically be categorized in one of four ways, each of which represents a set of specific symptoms:
- Includes recurring memories or nightmares about the trauma or reliving the event as though it is happening again, otherwise known as flashbacks.
- This typically manifests through behaviour. In an attempt to prevent reminders of the trauma, a person suffering from PTSD may isolate themselves in order to avoid potential triggers brought on by other people or situations.
Negative Changes in Thoughts and Mood
- This can manifest similarly to depression, causing negative thoughts about oneself or others, a sense of hopelessness, memory issues, difficulty maintaining relationships, a sense of numbness, and feelings of detachment.
Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions
- Becoming easily startled or frightened, self-destructive behaviour including patterns of substance abuse and addiction, difficulty sleeping or focusing, angry or aggressive behaviour, and feelings of guilt or shame.
PTSD, like other psychological disorders, is diagnosed first by eliminating potential medical explanations for the symptoms, and then through psychological examinations. While anyone who suffers severe trauma may experience some or all of the symptoms listed above, PTSD is generally diagnosed once those symptoms have been present for at least a month without any improvement. Treatment generally focuses on psychotherapy to help the patient deal with the root cause of the symptoms and learn coping skills for handling symptoms when they arise. However, it may also include medication to treat related issues such as depression or anxiety.
Accommodation and Understanding
We have the utmost empathy for those suffering from serious psychological conditions that impact their day-to-day lives and we strive to make the LTD dispute process as stress-free as possible for each of our clients. We use tools that enable us to meet with clients remotely via video or teleconference, even allowing clients to sign documents from home rather than making a trip to the office. Our focus is on our clients’ well-being first and foremost, and our goal is to shoulder the most challenging aspects of the dispute process, so they don’t have to.
Contact MK Disability Lawyers for Empathetic and Effective Representation in LTD Disputes for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
At MK Disability Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping to secure what our clients need most in order to recover from their disability: time. We regularly work with clients suffering from so-called “invisible” disabilities and help to shed light on their suffering in the eyes of their insurance providers. We are sensitive to our clients’ needs and strive to accommodate them to the best of our ability. If you have been denied or had a long-term disability claim terminated for post-traumatic stress disorder, we can help. To arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced disability lawyers, please complete the online form, or call us at 844-241-3832.
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