Veterans with OCD and PTSD May be Eligible for VA Disability Benefits

PTSD can be caused by a number of different things. The symptoms of PTSD can show up in as many different ways. One way PTSD manifests itself is through OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

If you have symptoms of OCD and think its cause by PTSD that you got in the service, give us a call. We might be able to help you make a strong case with the VA for a good VA rating.

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Are you a veteran that struggles with PTSD or OCD? Do you have a friend or a loved one that was in the military and now obsesses over tiny things or has compulsive behaviors?

About 8 million U.S. adults are living with PTSD, and another 2 to 3 million have OCD. Between 11 and 30 percent of veterans will develop PTSD in their lives, making it one of the most common conditions for veterans. Keep watching on to learn more about these two disorders, how they’re connected, and how you can get compensation for them as a veteran.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition caused by witnessing or experiencing some sort of traumatic event. Even after the event is over, you may still relive it over and over again through terrifying flashbacks. You may also find yourself going out of your way to avoid situations that remind you of the traumatic event, even to the point of disrupting your life. There can be any number of things that could cause PTSD. For civilians, a deadly car crash, the loss of a loved one, or an abusive situation can cause PTSD. It’s one of the most common conditions among veterans, and it’s easy to see why.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a condition that is misunderstood and misrepresented a lot in our society. Many of us think of an OCD person as someone who never leaves a dish in the sink overnight or whose house is always sparkling clean. We may joke when we line up all the pencils on our desk the right way that our OCD tendencies are coming out. In fact, obsessive-compulsive disorder is a terrifying condition in which you feel as though if you don’t perform these specific rituals, something terrible will happen. It can be crippling, preventing someone from living any semblance of a normal life. There is no specific known reason why one person may develop OCD and another may not. Scientists believe that OCD may be a result of a person’s individual biology, genetics, or the behaviors they learned from their family. Oftentimes, OCD will develop as a symptom of another mental disorder.

Often people who have PTSD may find that they’re also struggling with OCD. PTSD is a condition that causes you to be afraid something terrible is going to happen. In order to prevent that awful thing from coming to reality, you may start to practice obsessive-compulsive behaviors. OCD stems from a person’s desire to control the terrifying things that can happen in life.

If you’re a veteran living with OCD and/or PTSD, you may qualify for VA disability compensation. You must have an official diagnosis of your condition, you must be able to point to an event in your service record that caused your condition, and you must have a medical opinion connecting the two. Your diagnosis for OCD and/or PTSD must come from a VA-approved physician, though in most cases, your family doctor will work fine for this purpose. Almost any exposure to combat or other significantly stressful situation will serve to establish a service connection, though proving the event happened may be tricky. And then your doctor will need to write an opinion stating that your condition(s) were at least as likely as not caused by your service.
If you’re struggling with OCD and PTSD, you may be entitled to compensation from the VA. If you’d like help filing or appealing your disability compensation claim, get in touch with us at Woods and Woods, The Veteran’s Firm. We fight for veterans every day, and you don’t pay unless we win. Contact us today to start getting the compensation you deserve. And if you found this video helpful, be sure to like, comment, and subscribe!


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