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A New Mental Health Listing

Many health impairments, both mental and physical, have listings in the federal regulations. Listings are a set of criteria that need that need to be met. Meeting the criteria is proven through medical records and testimony. Mental health is no exception to the requirements. However, starting January 2017, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will have its own listing. Currently, PTSD is evaluated under the anxiety listing. But the new listing recognizes PTSD as an impairment apart from anxiety. To show that you meet the listing for PTSD, you need to show that there was exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or violence; that you suffer from involuntary re-experiencing of the traumatic event, like dreams or flashbacks; that you avoid reminders of the event; and that you have increased re-activity such as an exaggerated startle response.

You also have to show that you have a marked limitation in two of the following areas: your ability to understand, remember or apply information; interact with others; concentrate, persist or maintain pace; and adapt or manage oneself.

The last way to meet the listing for PTSD is to show that you suffer from PTSD persistently, and have for at least 2 years, that you are treating your symptoms with medical professionals and that you don't have the ability to adjust to new demands in your daily life.

The definition of PTSD is taken from the new definitions in the DSM. However, what remains to be seen is how social security will evaluate "violence." At this time, it is not clear if verbal abuse will be included in the definition social security is using.

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