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Ptsd Vs. Bi-polar

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Just got my VA medical records. I've been 'diagnosed' as bi-polar since 1998, don't recall if that was by my civilian psych or VA (wasn't in my records). I have copies of seeing them as far back as 1994 with notes that included dreams that someone had shot off my legs, anger episodes, depression, inability to sleep, etc. I have 3 seperate questionnaires in the packet that included, among other topics, specific PTSD questions. The first I responded to all 4 questions as yes and was scored as positive. THe second shows I stated no and was scored negative. The third I responded yes again to all 4 but the score was not included on the printout, although it would also be positive. I've never had an official 'test' to confirm bi-polar. Do you think I have a case to file for PTSD?

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You will only find an answer to this by consulting with a Medical Professional

that is either a Psychiatrist or Phy. D Psychologist.



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Agreed only a qualified pdoc can give you a true dx. I will let you know what happened to me as this sounds familiar...please don't use this as what might be true for you though as each person is different.

I was initially dx with bipolar (BP) rapid-cycling, in which I was changing moods from one extreme to the other very frequently...often within minutes. This went on for years. Then one doc actually listened to all of my history and noticed that none of the BP meds had ever worked and decided that it wasn't BP at all. It was PTSD. The doc told me, and I've read quite a bit of literature that PTSD is often misdx as BP.

Again, get a pdoc's opinion...I'm no doc. Good luck.

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What do your SMR's say bi-polar or PTSD? If you are going to try and make a case years after discharge without a SMR reference then PTSD is probably easier. However, it you have a psychiatric diagnosis in your SMR's stick with that since you don't have to reinvent the wheel. You need a verifiable stressor for PTSD as you know I am sure.

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