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    • Well I suppose its ok for Lady member like MS berta  but I was referring to the lady members that have Endured MST/PTSD.  I can only imagine they don't care to hear about this type of talk..although were discussing it as  Male Health problem and for the wifes. If its ok with everyone  then OKIE-DOKIE.
    • What does "non forensic DX of ptsd" mean? What I am saying is that the dx did NOT come from the c&p doc but rather my va psychologist. Make sense? im just trying to see if theres a chance with that info. Im pretty confused. I know the ptsd dx is required by a va doc per regs but just dont know that a diagnosis prior to the non favorable c&p would help.
    • Good luck. Sometimes you have to appeal. Good luck as I have had good luck on appeals. I would get an Independent Medical Opinion.
    • I had a C & P done recently., which was outsourced and not done at a VA facility.  When I called the toll free number, they told me that I need to make a written FOIA request.  They also said that the results of the exam have already been uploaded.  I would like to get my copy of the results as soon as possible and would drive down to the St. Petersburg Office to get them, but I am not getting any results trying to find out where the Release of Information Office is in St. Petersburg.  Your thoughts are appreciated.   Thank you.
    • The PTSD Forensic C & P Dr is required to be a Psychiatrist or Psychologist PhD, VA or contract Dr. The C & P exam is now based on the DSM V criteria. GAF's are no longer a significant rating component.  Keep in mind, prior PCP or Psychiatrist/Psychologist's non Forensic DX of PTSD is Trumped by the C & P Psychiatrist/Psychologist PHD's Forensic DX. The C & P Dr opined regarding Depression & Borderline Personality disorder, if Evidence of Record is currently in your C-File, a possible SC for either of those MH conditions is possible. As to your existing SA DX being SC'd Secondary to a PTSD DX, which you don't currently have, chances are slim & None. Per a Hadit posting this am, recent C & P Dr posted in the Vet's DBQ current Medical/ Scientific Articles indicating that PTSD doesn't cause SA, it's actually the other way around, SC SA can result in a Secondary SC for PTSD. Very Interesting! There are a great number of Elderly and not so Elderly SC PTSD Vets that have filed claims for recently DX SA as Secondary to their long standing PTSD SC's. This "New" SA research could be very problematic for their SA Secondary claims. Semper Fi  


Ptsd Once Again Denied

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Friday morning I recieved the dreaded white envelope..It was my latest round of rubber stamped denials....There were more than one but the PTSD one concerns me and my VA psyche that I saw for a monthly appt on Friday afternoon....In the write up for the denial they conceded my stressor...

I quote" Review of your file showed that your combat stressor has been conceeded.Service medical records avaliable for review were negative for a diagnosis of posttraumitic stress disorder.

At your VA examination, the doctor reviewed your avaliable medical records.The examiner reported that although you have symptoms of posttraunitic stress disorder there was no evidence of persistently avoiding situations which remind you of the traumitic event.(I don't knoe what they want, I told the examiner that I detested the 4th of July, avoided crowds and would not join local Volunteer Fire Department because I couldn't face the possibility of encountering the smell of burnt human again..Plus no friends and spending hours alone).No diagnosis of post traumitic stress disorder was rendered.The diagnosis of major depressive disorder was supported by finding on examination.Service medical records were negative for a diagnosis of depression.

The claim for service connection for post traumitic stress disorder with depression is considered reopened.However, the evidence continues to show service connection is not shown by the service medical records or demonstrated by evidence following service.Therefore, service connection continues to be denied" end quote...

This has to be the biggest load of double talk and BS I have ever seen...My VA psychiatrist was astounded...And this is with a clear diagnosis of PTSD from her with a GAF of 55 2 days after my C&P and was 50 the month before...She said that my PTSD may be partially controlled but without the 3 antidepressants and sleep aids and lets not forget the nightmare medication that it is rampant and will probably always require medication.............I guess the good news is the conceding of my stressor..I don't think they even looked at my VA treatment records...Next week I will request a copy of my C-file and the C&P exam..Thinking about a lawyer for appeal..Also psyche suggested if I can get off worrk the 4 week inpatient course at Little Rock..Off the record said it would help claim and appealNow just seeing if I can get 4 weeks..Can't afford missing pay..Have enough leave to cover abot 2 1/2 weeks...Work for Feds so really don't have to worry about losing job with Docs note.......ANY HELP AND GUIDANCE WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.......Grid

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Yes, It is good that at least VBA states your stressor to combat

has been conceded.

Perhaps you can get your VA MH (psychiatrist) provider to write an addendum letter

that you can submit for reconsideration.

Keep in mind this does not stop the clock for the submission of a NOD.


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Carlie, thanks for the reply...i am already working on it..I have an appt. tommorow with my DAV rep to discuss options with him...Already getting paperwork together....Hopefully will be sending them paperwork within a month..Still considering getting a lawyer involved as I am not impressed with my DAV rep.....He never seems to have time to see me..Will talk to Shrink again in about a month..GRID

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Glad that you are making progress.

Never give up you earned the benefits

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If you have current DX of PTSD and the VA conceded stessor then it should only be a matter of rating effective date and %. Just hang in there and keep jumping throught hoops.

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This sounds like the classic case of one medical opine versus the other. In my experiences as a VSR--and I stress "my experiences"--I can't tell you how many times I've seen a vet get his/her claim denied just because one medical opinion is believed to hold more "weight" against the other. I'm not sure what your psychiatrist is annotating in your records, but you should make sure he/she is properly documenting your condition. Get copies of your records from the hospital and check. If everything appears to be kosher, get a third medical opinion to support your claim and your psychiatrist's assessment. I instructed my father-in-law to do this, which he did, and he was finally approved for PTSD. Ask your psychiatrist if he/she can arrange this with one of his/her peers.

Hope this helps,


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