I believe that input from non professional sources, such as parents or friends, should be included in adjudicating PTSD claims. Patients with PTSD are often more likely to display symptoms and speak more openly with family members or friends than with clinicians. Clinician input is valuable and vital and should still be the primary source of information regarding the claimant's status, however, using anecdotal information from friends and family as a supporting consideration is worth exploring, as it may reveal the true extent of the patient's disability in a home/work/school environment.
Idea No. 177