Evaluation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Evaluation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an important impairment to consider in the Social Security disability program, but not always easily identified. Consequently, we are preparing guidance to assist reviewers. We believe you and other members of our stakeholder community, such as individuals with PTSD, their advocates, private industry and state representatives, federal partners, health care providers, members of the academic and research community, and others, have insight that could help to inform our efforts.

We are specifically requesting input in the following areas, but welcome all insight. We want to hear from you!

1. How should we consider evidence about a claimant’s behavior and functioning from non-professional sources, such as parents or friends?

2. What lesser-known symptoms of PTSD might be helpful for adjudicators to know about, and what professional sources support this information?

3. What indicators can be used to rule out PTSD as an impairment, and what professional sources support this information?

This initiative coincides with our release of a final rule, Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders, which became effective January 17, 2017. The revised criteria now include new listings for trauma- and stressor-related disorders for both adults (listing 12.15) and children age 3 to attainment of age 18 (listing 112.15). You can review the final rule HERE.


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