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  1. OK - so now you are changing the story to read that you have stressor verification and a diagnosis of PTSD made while you were on active duty ? Is that what you're saying now ? I was not diagnosed with PTSD in service. I might have had thoughts of the C&P flashing through my mind along with your question. I was diagnosed by a private psychologist. My medical records support a PTSD diagnosis per DSM IV, and I was given a nexus relating my diagsosis to the injuries and events that occurred in service. In service events can be verified through both ship's logs and historical events in the news. My evaluation verify. Which/What medical records are these ? Records from my private psychologist only. What does the PTSD diagnosis state and who did it come from ? The diagnosis states that I have PTSD 309.81, panic attacks, phobia, and memory loss. It came from a private psychologist. Was it a mental health provider on active duty ? A VAMC mental health provider ? It was from a private psychologist, many years after active duty service. A private mental health provider ? Yes What is your stressor - specifically, and don't try to give me that being diagnosed with pancreatitis stuff, it simply won't fly. I was also in a very strong earthquake. I have all documents to prove this. Tell us about the burned bodies all over etc... When - Where - What ship ? The ship was USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37). The quake happened in Agana, Guam in August 1993. No burned bodies, but an extended quake that scared the daylights out of us. I thought we had been attacked, and that the ship was sinking. I was several decks down, and have never felt such a heartstopper. You would need to have been onboard to appreciate this event. It left huge gaps in the concrete on the pier, and demolished an establishment on the pier, but I believe everyone got out alive. I don't want to get specific about one of my stressors, but it is as obvious to the VA as being in direct gunfire, and is listed among the top stressors in PTSD. Lack of stressor questions by the examiner and statement that I do not have a stressor is why I believe that my records were not adequately reviewed. I believe that the stressor was not a problem. Until proven wrong, I believe that the examiner either failed to obtain the required information from my service records or did not feel like going through the motions of getting it from the source. If you are unwilling or unable to do that and stop wasting our time with evasive innuendoes and conjecture then it will be time for you to be gone. You are all over the internet with the same evasive questions and reply's. My apologies. I'm looking for a more solid notion and more direction from those who have gone through a similar situation. I intended to apologize to those who are combat vets, as I believe that there is a difference between being a combat vet, and that of having combat service in a combat zone. Just as I attempted to post this, the thread had been closed at the other site. You will not be allowed to do here what you are about to be booted for on additional web sites. Understood. I am a real veteran, and am not attempting to trick anyone. I don't trust posting to most websites for obvious reasons, and this explains my guarded nature when doing so. Come clean or be gone - we are not here to TEACH people how to get over ! Although my guarded responses may look as though I am not looking to get over I am only looking support for a valid claim. I have truly been dealing with nearly all the symptoms of PTSD for the past 15 to 20 years. Lost marriage, family relationships, as well as friends and work relationships and public acceptance etc. You show many,many signs here that are making me very uncomfortable. Don't bother with some BS response like - I you don't understand why I'm giving you a hard time. Got it ! I'm hoping what I have confessed here is sufficient for the forum to give more accurate insight. It was a difficult thing to do for me.
  2. <br /><br /><br /> Thanks. I will be doing what you have suggested during my next appointment.
  3. Thanks Tbird, Your post about the new presuptive was helpful. I appear to meet all requirements with the exception of a VA diagnosis.
  4. Carlie, The private psychologist who diagnosed my PTSD was shown copies of SMRs which included diagnosis as well as actual event records, evaluations and awards from my military service. My medical records support a PTSD diagnosis per DSM IV, and I was given a nexus relating my diagsosis to the injuries and events that occurred in service. In service events can be verified through both ship's logs and historical events in the news. My evaluation verify. I don't want to get specific about one of my stressors, but it is as obvious to the VA as being in direct gunfire, and is listed among the top stressors in PTSD. Lack of stressor questions by the examiner and statement that I do not have a stressor is why I believe that my records were not adequately reviewed. I believe that the stressor was not a problem. Until proven wrong, I believe that the examiner either failed to obtain the required information from my service records or did not feel like going through the motions of getting it from the source.
  5. <br /><br /><br /> Thanks for the encouragement. I was suprised by the statements in the examiner's report. The examiner seemed to avoid questions that would support my diagnosis, then changed my response to nearly all of the symptoms. I could hardly believe it. I don't plan giving up on this claim if I am denied.
  6. <br /><br /><br /> Hi Carlie, Can you give me a few details regarding the issues you've found with my claim? I hope I'm wrong, but I'm beginning to think that I've committed some sort of crime by posting for help with claim. From my perspective, all I've done is ask a for help here. That is all.
  7. I was Diagnosed with severe PTSD with panic disorder, social/work impairment and personality disorder one year ago by a private psychologist. <br style="mso-special-character:line-break"> <br style="mso-special-character:line-break"> I have been unable to work since that time due to PTSD and other medical conditions. Although I have been suffering with the symptoms of PTSD, for a long time, and out of the service since 1999, I have just recently filed a claim with the VA for my PTSD. I had my C&P examfor PTSD in March. It went as such: I was greeted with a typical 'how are you' when meeting the examiner. Then, the examiner said that he thought I was an army vet, to which I stated "no, I was Navy". The examiner asked a variety of questions, including "do you have a stressor"? - to which I responded "yes". Note: the examiner never asked me to elaborate on my stressor during this exam. After approximately 110 minutes with the examiner, the exam concluded. I requested and obtained a copy of the C&P exam by mail a few weeks later. I noted that the answers I gave were not those that the examiner recorded, but were mostly the opposite to the answers I gave during the exam. The C&P examiner's results stated that I do not have PTSD because I do not meet the DSM IV criteria for a PTSD diagnosis. However, my daily condition supports nearly all the affects and symptoms of PTSD, and my private psychologist confirms this in his diagnosis. Although I was not involved in direct gunfire, I am a combat vet, and have several stressors that were considered life threatening. My questions: 1) Will not having a diagnosis of PTSD by the C&P examiner stop my claim for PTSD regardless of the supporting evidence? 2) Seeing that I was given a C&P exam for PTSD, does that mean that my stressor was accepted? 3) Does branch of service stressor play a role in whether one is diagnosed for PTSD by the VA? If so, how? 4) Is it possible to get another C&P exam for PTSD before my claim moves to the next stage? This C&P exam has me believing that the examiner failed to look at private medical records, and made everything up. I sure don't want a denial based upon a bogus C&P exam. Thoughts.. Apples
  8. Does a phone number or website exist where one can find out if a C&P exam has been scheduled? If one exists, I want that site or number because I now have a phobia of not getting the notification by mail. I have confirmed that the VARO has my current mailing address for notification, but I would feel better with an alternate way to confirm C&P appointments.
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