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shawnb28

Not Happy With C & P Exam

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I had a C & P exam yesterday for PTSD and it didn't go too well. I knew it was going to be bad from the start when the doc didn't even really greet me to ask how I was doing. She just got straight to business. I felt rushed the whole process and it seemed like she was in a hurry to get me out. She barely asked any questions, resulting in me having to rack my brain for things relevant.

Is this normal?

If I feel I got the shaft on this exam should I ask for another C & P exam for PTSD or should I wait to see what the rating decision is and then file a NOD if I'm not happy with the result?

Thanks

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shawn,

I would wait about one week and then obtain a copy of the C&P examination.

1) Do you currently have a Diagnosis in writing for PTSD written by

a Psychiatrist or Psychologist ?

2) Has this type of doctor provided a nexus (connection) to something in active duty

as the cause or reason for your PTSD ?

3) Do you have documentation of therapy and/or treatment ?

4) If you are not employed due to disabilities have you applied for SSA benefits ?

carlie

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I had a C & P exam yesterday for PTSD and it didn't go too well. I knew it was going to be bad from the start when the doc didn't even really greet me to ask how I was doing. She just got straight to business. I felt rushed the whole process and it seemed like she was in a hurry to get me out. She barely asked any questions, resulting in me having to rack my brain for things relevant.

Is this normal?

If I feel I got the shaft on this exam should I ask for another C & P exam for PTSD or should I wait to see what the rating decision is and then file a NOD if I'm not happy with the result?

Thanks

I know how you feel, I filed a NOD after my 50% rating and at the new c&p exam the doctor told me "you have'nt paid your dues, wait a couple years and you'll get the increase". I knew it, like you that it sucked and sure enough the increase was denied. A little advice I did not know, if you don't get the rating you feel your intitle to keep with it until they give in. I was so angry with the outcome I let it go and now I have to refile because it has been over a year.

Bergie

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Carlie gave you some good advice. It would be best for you to wait until you get a copy of the exam.

You may be totally suprised. The Doc may have already looked at the records and just needed to see you.

Post again when you get a copy of the results.

J

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Carlie,

I have already been seen prior to the C & P exam by another psychologist at the VA who diagnosed me with PTSD. He prescriped me Zoloft and Trazodone. How much do prior exams by psychologists affect a raters decision independent of the C&P exam?

I'm an OEF vet and earned the CIB during my tour, so no nexus letter showing a stressor for the PTSD is needed.

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Shawn:

Relax get the copy of C&P but with your CIB and the diagnosis that you have and being OIF I don't think that you have anything to worry about.

Are you working? If not do you get Social Security or have you applied for it.

Good Luck

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