Single Status Update
Thank you for your input, but I had completed an early post in regards to a C and P exam, which I did not include in my latest post (new to the site). The post was in regards to a follow visit with a VA psychologist. I will include the entire VA notes from the two separate visits at VA within two weeks of each other.I was scheduled for an appointment with a VA psychologist after my C and P exam and the below are her results, which seems to conflict the C and P examiner. Any feedback would be great.
I was scheduled for a followup appointment with a VA psychologist and the below are her results, which is seems to conflict the C and P examiner ...... any feedback is appreciated
Second Visit with VA Psychologist Results:
Branch (years of service): MST: yes
MEASUREMENT BASED CARE:
PHQ-9: 19 (moderate)
GAD-7: 16 (severe)
AUDIT-C: 5 (above threshold)
Anxiety Disorder, unsp
MDD, recurrent, moderate
Depression Monitoring (PHQ-9) 2017:
A PHQ-9 screen was performed. The score was 19 which is suggestive
of moderately severe depression.
A PTSD screening test (PC-PTSD) was positive (score=4).
C and P Exam Notes from VA Clinical Psychologist
1. Diagnostic Summary
Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-5 criteria
based on today's evaluation?
[ ] Yes [X] No
If no diagnosis of PTSD, check all that apply:
[X] Veteran's symptoms do not meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD under
[X] Veteran has another Mental Disorder diagnosis. Continue to complete
this Questionnaire and/or the Eating Disorder Questionnaire:
2. Current Diagnoses
a. Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: UNSPECIFIED DEPRESSIVE DISORDER
b. Medical diagnoses relevant to the understanding or management of the
Mental Health Disorder (to include TBI): SEE MEDICAL CHART
3. Differentiation of symptoms
a. Does the Veteran have more than one mental disorder diagnosed?
[ ] Yes [X] No
c. Does the Veteran have a diagnosed traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
[ ] Yes [ ] No [X] Not shown in records reviewed
4. Occupational and social impairment
a. Which of the following best summarizes the Veteran's level of occupational
and social impairment with regards to all mental diagnoses? (Check only
[X] Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms
which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational
tasks only during periods of significant stress, or; symptoms
controlled by medication
TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION REQUESTED: Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
OPINION: Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
This examination is being conducted to assist with determining whether the
Veteran experienced an in-service personal assault stressor related to
military sexual trauma (MST) that has resulted in a current PTSD diagnosis.
Please review the claims file and state in your report that it was reviewed.
In your review of the claims file, please pay special attention to signs,
events, or circumstances that may represent markers for the MST stressor
described by the Veteran. Your review is not limited to the evidence
identified on this request form, or tabbed in the claims folder. If
additional testing is required, please obtain it prior to rendering your
Based upon your review of the evidence, please provide a medical opinion as
to whether the MST stressor event described by the Veteran is at least as
likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) supported by and consistent
with the in-service marker evidence. Please provide a rationale for the
opinion and list the marker evidence used to arrive at your decision.
NO MARKERS IDENTIFIED. MEDICAL OPINION DOES NOT APPEAR WARRANTED.
1. IF YOUR EXAMINATION DETERMINES THE VETERAN HAS A CURRENT DIAGNOSIS OF
PTSD, please provide an opinion as to whether the current PTSD diagnosis is
at least as likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) caused by or a
result of the in-service MST-related marker(s), and provide a rationale.
Please note that only PTSD can be service connected based on circumstantial
marker evidence (38 CFR 3.304(f) (5)).
VETERAN'S SYMPTOMS APPEAR TO BE BEST ACCOUNTED FOR BY A DIAGNOSIS OF
UNSPECIFIED DEPRESSIVE DISORDER. MEDICAL OPINION DOES NOT APPEAR WARRANTED.
2. IF YOUR EXAMINATION DETERMINES THAT, IN ADDITION TO PTSD, THE VETERAN HAS
ADDITIONAL MENTAL DISORDERS, please state whether the additional mental
disorders are at least as likely as not (50 percent or greater probability)
secondary to the PTSD, and provide a rationale. For each mental disorder
MEDICAL OPINION DOES NOT APPEAR WARRANTED.
3. IF YOUR EXAMINATION DETERMINES THE VETERAN DOES NOT HAVE PTSD, BUT HAS A
DIFFERENT MENTAL DISORDER(S), please review the service treatment records
(STRs) and service personnel records for in-service direct evidence. Direct
evidence is clear, undisputable proof of an event, injury, or disease. Such
evidence includes, but is not limited to, mental health treatment, mental
health symptoms, or a mental health diagnosis. If direct evidence exists in
the STRs or service personnel records, please provide an opinion as to
whether the mental disorder(s) diagnosed on examination is at least as likely
as not (50 percent or greater probability) caused by or a result of the
direct evidence noted in service. Please provide a rationale for the opinion
and list the evidence used to arrive at your decision. (38 CFR 3.303).
NO DIRECT EVIDENCE LOCATED. OPINION DOES NOT APPEAR WARRANTED.
I had two separate appointments one as a C and P and another by VA psychologist and they seem to have differing opinions.... I was just curious how these opinions would impact the rating, if applicable. I included buddy statements and other information as part of the evidence. Thanks to all who have replied.