An incapacitating episode is a period of time in which a person experiences intense, immobilizing pain or helplessness due to a disorder. Incapacitating episodes can affect a veteran’s ability to work and do normal day-to-day activities, since physicians may order bed rest as part of treatment. These episodes can occur as a result of many different health issues in veterans such as mental disorders, diseases of the eye, respiratory issues, and musculoskeletal conditions. The more frequent a veteran’s incapacitating episodes are, the higher the VA disability rating they can receive for their condition. It is important to keep track of your episodes and inform your doctor in order to receive benefits.