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Does someone have to be diagnosed with PTSD to see a VA doctor for PTSD?

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you can see a va doc for anything you feel may be ailing you.i've been to many sessions on different issues,including ptsd.

was never charged for it.i don't know about now.

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If you are service connected at 50% or more the VA has to see you about all medical issues. Good Luck seeing someone who treats PTSD though.

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I see you are 100% so I presume you go to your medical health team. Ask that provider to refer you to the behavioral health team. A psychiatrist or psychologist can diagnosis PTSD and any other mental health diagnoses, ie depresion, etc.

You can also go to the behavioral health area and request to speak to someone in an emergency, and they will talk to you then.

So does someone have to be diagnosed with PTSD to see a VA dr for PTSD the answer would most likely be yes. but if one has a diagnosed by a civilian dr(one outside of the VA) and if they brought that to the VA you could also see a psychiatrist or psychologist for the mental disorder.

Either diagnosed there at VA or privately. The diagnosis needs to set the treatment plan or action plan to be followed.

Remember there are many mental health issues other than PTSD which may enable one for treatment at the behavioral health clinic too.

If you think you have PTSD go to the clinic talk with them they will proceed with the necessary specialists you need to see and speak with to correctly dignosis your problem and establish a treatment plan with goals etc.

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This guy is not service connected at all. Has insurance. Need to have the VA doctors examine him for PTSD. Perhaps it would be better to get IMO on this? Then if positive have him go to VA for treatment and file claim then. I filed for PTSD myself and the first time I saw a doc was at C&P exam. Of course, I was low balled.He needs help and I need to get him into the program, regardless of a claim. Has HBP witch I think is related to the PTSD. Yes, it could be some other disorder, but will let the doctors say that. I think the IMO is the way to go.

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i saw my private shrink 3 times.the first visit he diagnosed ptsd,i filed the next week,my next visit he wrote a referal to the va to ask for group.the next visit he wrote me a nexus letter to send to the va when they ask for it.this doc is good,he was picked to head up the governors mental health programs.i just got lucky i guess.i am still waiting for a c& p for the ptsd.it's only been a month.

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Sorry didn't know you were asking for someone else. Write a letter to VA state to establish service connection and can even say it is for an informal claim as this will establish a date for the beginning of his claim. He needs to see someone whether private(prob faster) or VA.

Write letter send it to local VARO and Get appointment to get treatment process going but to get a diagnosis(faster with private and can be used for evidence). Request Service medical treatment records and any and all records in his file under the Freedom of Information Act.

If the person needs treatment asap private may work faster...he is not established in VA system so if he went to Urgent Care they may refer him to Behavioral Health and proceed...but will bill him and insurance company.

IMO's are expensive, but he needs to be seen now then proceed. I filed my claim then I had exams, diagnosed and started treatment process. I did see a private psych in the 70's and used that info with my NOD process and evidence for my personal hearing and also IMO then.

Send short letter/note to VA to establish date tomorrow and make appt with psych dr too...IMO can be done anytime and usually after visits with more issues noted then proceed. good luck, and he is lucky to have you for a friend. Anything done with the VA takes forever. Mental health issues need tx now!

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