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  1. I filed for an increase on my 70% PTSD rating in early March as I'm no longer able to work. My personal psychiatrist completed a DBQ, wrote a letter, and included a GAF report. I included three years of her medical records with the increase application. Last week I had a C&P with VES. It was a sub-15 minute affair via telehealth and the doctor hadn't even reviewed my records yet. I would certainly hope the VA reviewer who will set the rate would give more credence to the DBQ from the psychiatrist than that "quickee" interview. JW
  2. I am 70% for PTSD alone. It's a static rating now and I'm in my mid 50's. The VSO cited some state benefits like property tax and license plates as his reasoning.
  3. I saw a VSO yesterday who recommended I file for an increase without also for IU. He said my records and DBQ meet 100% and that this is preferable to IU. I was under the impression it was best to apply for both and that the rater would place me in 100% over IU if I meet 100. Should i go along with the VSO or ask him to file for IU at the same time anyway? Thanks!
  4. Thank you for all the replies. I am currently working but "not well". I hide in my office a lot, have breakdowns, can't deal with people (tough when you manage 70 people), and have frequent absences either due to FMLA and leaving early or missing days outright. Plus all the appointments I have to go too. To be honest I'm just going thru the motions and it's only a matter of time before I'm "counseled" or "written up" for performance issues. I'm amazed I've been able to keep it up as long as I have. I'm working on preparing to file for TDIU. I'm thinking 2-3 months then I'll have to
  5. It's been about two years since I've posted here. I received a 70% rating for PTSD in 2017. These forums were very helpful to me. Recently I've had another inpatient stay in the psych ward at the VAMC (my third in 15 months) and I'm having more and more difficulty coping with everything. My symptoms are kind of out of control, despite multiple medication changes, and work is becoming more and more difficult every day. I tend to hide in my office, don't talk to people, have breakdowns crying during the day, and generally "exist" and not much else. My work quality has suffered and I'm at t
  6. Mkah gives good advice. You will feel different as going thru experiences shapes us but it's important to have something else to grab onto. A hobby, family, daily routine, something you can embrace. Work hard to resist the urge to isolate as solitude isn't conducive to healing. You can do it and please continue posting. You have people here who care and understand. JW
  7. Your mother passing in 2012 and you seeking treatment shortly after for fire PTSD seems to be a definite timeline. In your 2012 treatment did you talk about only your fire related issues or did you bring up the molestation as a child and the choking incident also? Being involved in a fire "incident" with your mothers passing and then flashing back to your own near death fire experience and having PTSD seems very obvious. JW
  8. Blackcloud, Thank you for your service. How long ago was your mothers death in the fire and did you seek treatment soon after that? Depending on that could help you I would think. If in your treatment records soon after your mothers death you are mentioning also the ship fire that would seem to provide a link between the two events I would think. I am fairly new here but it seems to me that link between triggering your memories of the shipboard fire and thus bringing out PTSD might be important. How that is documented may play a part in how your case was decided. Again I'm
  9. Thank you for the replies. My PTSD rating is 70%. I will need to continue therapy to manage and will hopefully be able to continue as I have. Decades of therapy haven't supplied a cure and I really haven't gotten better but I've been able to at least work somewhat steadily. I just want to make sure I do everything right. JW
  10. Now that I have my rating I have some new questions about it. If anyone can answer these or provide input I'd be grateful. I plan to continue treatment with the VA and my private doctors and based on the last thirty years would expect it will last the rest of my life. If anything I've noticed over the last few years my symptoms have gotten worse and the ability to leave the house and work day to day has become more difficult with each year. While therapy and medication have kept me going they haven't provided the "cure" I've so long sought. 1. Now that I'm rated is it "permanent" or
  11. I'm so happy for you after reading about your story you deserve it! JW
  12. I did obtain an IMO from Dr. David Anaise for my claim although I'm not sure now it was necessary with the other letter I had from my doctor and the C&P results. I will say though it was well written, eight pages reviewing existing records (with heavy quotations) and an opinion of "more likely than not". While Dr. Anaise is not a psychiatrist I took a chance on him as he's close to where I lived and I've read good results from his clients. I will hang onto the letter and they offered to update it at a later date if needed. The only thing I'd add is more rationale although he did refere
  13. This brief partial exam is one of the most unusual C & P exams I have ever read for PTSD. It also reveals that a VA C & P MH doctor took considerable time to develop their opinion. Berta, To clarify this was part of the 18 page report (the ending) it's not a separate report itself. JW
  14. Berta, Yes the original report was 18 pages. I thought the doctor did an excellent job and the report was very accurate. I didn't post the whole thing because it's full of very personal information and I'm a bit paranoid. The doctor was exactly correct though in her assumptions. There were two stressors that occurred in service leading to a flashback and memories emerging so there was enough for them I guess. I was pleased it went well as it took nearly three hours for the appointment. JW
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