C-PTSD and CPPD eligibility

I’m at the end of my rope. Have suffered from Complex PTSD for many, many years and have gradually lost the ability to hide it or push my way through it. Working short time contracts is all I can manage. I’m wondering if this diagnosis of C-PTSD would be eligible for CPPD…or if I’d be in for the fight of my life?

Any medical condition can qualify for CPP disability. It will depend on the severity of your symptoms and how it affects your capacity to work. If you can demonstrate you have tried to remain in workforce, and have sough continuous treatment, and continue to get treatment, then you would have a good chance of having CPPD approved. If you have had erratic employment there may be issues with when you would last qualify to receive CPPD. You have to show you paid in 4 of 6 years leading up to time you became disabled from work, or 3 of 6 years if you made 25 years of valid CPP contributions.

David Brannen

Disability Lawyer with Resolute Legal

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This is great information and also a great relief. Thank you for your help.

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Just my two cents. Complex PTSD is not in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5). The American Psychiatric Association decided PTSD is enough. Maybe ask your doctors about this. I also have Complex PTSD but she wrote PTSD as her diagnosis.

One more thing. I always make sure my doctors and therapists are qualified in Canada. My doctors must have FRCPC otherwise my disability provider does not recognize their diagnosis. Many doctors from Europe are allowed to work in Canada but they are not qualified here. Please check or else you will run into brick walls.