Disability Tax Credits and Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Introduction

Stress is a common symptom faced by a many people in today’s society. Sometimes stress can be good as it spurs us to action; at other times, stress can be harmful. When someone experiences or witnesses a shocking or frightening incident, he or she tends to become disturbed by memories of that incident. These types of disturbances might lead to a stress-related disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one such kind of a disorder, which affects a person when they experience a terrible, unsafe or life-threatening situation. The memory of that situation will keep haunting their minds and hence, they will try to avoid travelling to those places that remind them of that incident.

Though the disorder has only been diagnosed in recent history, it is evident that the disorder would have been prevalent in the society since the beginning of humankind, possibly even providing evolutionary advantages. This is because early day people would have received exposure to more traumatic events, during war, hunting and other situations, and learned to avoid these situations in the future. These events would have had an impact on people who lost their loved ones or those who came to witness a tragic injury or death. If you come across a person who is possibly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is important to give that person good support and confidence. Disability tax credits and benefits are available for those people who suffer from this disorder in Canada and its provinces and territories.

Causes

Though the exact cause of this disorder has not been identified biologically, we can clearly say that it occurs when a person is exposed to a tragic or disturbing event. It is somewhat of a mystery why certain people become affected by PTSD when exposed to a certain situation, but other people do not. Apart from the traumatic incidents, we can also find some people who become affected by post-traumatic stress disorder due to their inability to handle mental stress. The mental stress may be a result of their work pressure, unemployment, failure in exams, personal issues, and so on. Mostly though, PTSD affects those people who have become a victim of a tragic event like kidnapping, rape and war. This disorder is considered both an emotional disorder and an anxiety disorder. People who are exposed to a prolonged traumatic event have a higher risk of getting affected by the disorder.

Symptoms

The following are symptoms that are commonly seen among people who suffer from the disorder:

  • Haunting memories, which keep reminding the individual of an incident that disturbs the mind.
  • Regular nightmares that wake up the person at the middle of the night.
  • Hesitance to go to place or perform an activity that might make the person remembers a traumatic event.
  • Emotional behaviours such as anger, irritation, poor memory, threat and lack of concentration occurring in the affected individual at a higher level.

Disability Tax Credits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Those people who are affected by this disorder should get the advice of a psychiatrist in order to overcome the impact of the disorder. Disability tax credits are available for those people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), under the mental functions category. You and/or a family member may be eligible for thousands of dollars in tax refunds today. Call HandyTax and speak to a representative.