It is an unfortunate fact of life that people witness traumatic events on a daily basis-a situation that causes extreme stress, helplessness or fear within the person viewing the event. Many people recover from this trauma over time, but a number of people experience debilitating symptoms of a disorder known as post-traumatic-stress-disorder and cannot perform day to day functions anymore.
When a San Diego resident files a claim for Social Security disability benefits based on a medical or mental disease or disorder they must substantiate their claim with evidence. They may have to submit to evaluation in order to prove that their condition prevents them from earning an income and for each individual the process may take a different path. For individuals who file benefits claims based on mental disorders the determination of their residual functional capacities will determine if benefits will be offered.