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So I am trying to understand my whole MH rating. I just looked at my award letter from November 2014 and I was awarded 30% for "other specified trauma and stressor". What diagnostic code is that??? What is other specified trauma and stressor??? What is the diagnostic code for this? 11/2014- On the award letter where it details the disability It stated chronic sleep impairment; anxiety; depressed mood; and the occupational/social impairment verbiage that warrants the 30%. 11/2014- On the award letter I was also awarded anorexia nervosa (diagnostic 9520) 0% which is a totally separate disability and rating. I see a therapist weekly for both my eating disorder and MH issues through Tri-West. FAST FORWARD to 2/4/16- I went for my C&P exam for MH increase and eating disorder increase. While in the exam, the examiner was thorough and she actually started to realize I was not correctly diagnosed for my eating disorder. She told me that I should be bulimia with purging (laxatives) which should be diagnostic code 9521. That I agree with because for decades I have abused laxatives to purge. The examiner said she was going to have the anorexia nervosa diagnose changed to bulimia. Now keep in mind an eating disorder is separate disability from the typical MH disability ratings. Its rather tough to even get S/C for it at 0% let alone get anything higher than 0% unless you have at least two weeks of incapacitating episodes. Moving on to my area of confusion and hope that someone can help me.....While in the C&P exam and as we were talking she told me that I suffer from BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder). I looked this up and it falls under diagnostic code 9421 Somatization disorder. Is this a separate rating from the occupational/social impairment rating of 9440? Isn't there only ONE main MH rating and then you can have other sub-ratings? Is the Occupational/Social diagnostic code 9440 the MAIN MH diagnostic code? Is this what determines your MH rating or can you have other diagnostic codes with this code and then have them all together???? How do they rate you when you have all the different MH diagnostic codes? I guess where I am confused is the rating codes. Is the MH rating based on the MAJOR MH disability and then lump the other disability ratings under the main MH disability? If I am diagnosed with several MH ratings along with BDD under 9421 would I still be rated under the 9420 occupational/social impairment? Did I just confuse you??? I am so confused LOL Can anyone help me understand this???? PLEASE SEE ATTACHED MY C&P EXAM FROM 2014 FOR EATING DISORDER AND PTSD....THIS IS WHAT I GOT THE 30% FOR PTSD AND 0% FOR EATING DISORDER....C&P for Eating Disorder & PTSD-Redacted.pdf
I recieved a yellow envelope from the San Diego, CA RO. In it was my award letter showing my award for increased evaluation and new claims. INCREASED EVALUATION TO 80% 1. Major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder - 70% 2. Allergic rhinitis - 10% 3. Patellafemoral pain syndrome, Right - 10% (continued) 4. Patellafemoral pain syndrome, Left - 10% (continued) 5. Left shoulder tendinitis - DEFERRED 6. Entitlement to Individual Unemployability - DEFERRED *Both backdated to Aug. 24, 2010 7. Left elbow strain - denied 8. Left wrist sprain - denied 9. Left Achilles tendinitis- denied *denied because the above mentioned items are not "CHRONIC". "A disability which began in service or was caused by some event in service must be considered "Chronic" before service connection can be granted. Although there is record of treatment in service.... There is no evidence of continuity fo treatment from the date of discharge from active duty to present." They didnt pay for my dependents on this RETRO, but I already sent in my forms to update my records and can see they are working on it on ebenefits. They put in the claim for IU on their own, does this mean it has a higher probability that it will be approved? Thanks everyone for your help. Its been a long time waiting, a lot of things lost over this period of waiting. I can now begin to plan for my future with my family again. I'm waiting to hopfully hear something today from a rental I applied for so I can move out on my own with my family. Keeping my fingers crossed. Although this is only a partial descision, I am hopeful that the remaining items on my claim will be resolved in my favor. Keeping my fingers crossed. The fight is not over yet! xpertshot San Diego, CA