I went in for my PTSD exam today. I explained my primary stressor was my roommate killing himself, and from being deployed as an infantryman (although I have no CIB, PH, ETC). When discussing my friend I became very emotional and began crying (which I have never done, although this is the first time I have really discussed what happened). He asked me the name of my friend and when he died. He told me he thinks I meet the criteria for having PTSD, and then immediately gave me paperwork about getting help at the VA, and then called me a few minutes after the meeting and said he had given my name to some kind of info session at the VA hospital for PTSD in a few weeks. The guy did not seen hostile and acted very sympathetic, which makes me optimistic. I was very embarrassed that I was crying like a girl. Outside of not having any chronic sleeping issues I am suffering all the VA listed symptoms of PTSD.
I have been formally diagnosed with ADD and OCD by the VA and am being medicated. I have no prior diagnosis of PTSD from the military or the VA, as I presumed only those with direct combat trauma are eligible (until loved ones and a VA rep told me otherwise and encouraged me to investigate it). I also have been diagnosed with ED, and received a bunch of tests and exams well before filing a claim (definitely have it, no "organic cause" and they give me Viagra ). I also saw a C&P guy about that presuming it was related to emotional issues (claiming it was due to PTSD, this was the same day as my PTSD C&P exam).
Do you think my odds are looking good? If your C&P doctor straight up says you meet the criteria, then give you guidance on seeking help (even making a call for you to arrange something) will I be in the clear?
Since I cited stress from deployment and my friends suicide, is there a chance I be denied because I will be told after the fact I need more substantiation?
My VA advocate filed the claim for PTSD under the "fear of hostile action etc", but half the appointment was discussing my friends suicide.