A Social Security Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in Texas is drawing scrutiny after laughing at a veteran's story of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of service on an aircraft carrier during the Iraq war.
Let me give a hint to ALJs based upon a lot of experience.Whether an individual develops PTSD after being exposed to stress has more to do with the individual's psychological makeup than to the nature of the stress. Some people don't develop PTSD even though they are subjected to incredible stress. Others develop PTSD after exposure to what most people would regard as only moderate or even mild stress. People who suffer from bipolar disorder are six times more likely to develop PTSD, which suggests to me that there is a genetic propensity to develop PTSD.
In any case, the individual who is the subject of this newspaper article was certainly subjected to considerable stress.