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donnieragsdale

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Currently 50% SC for PTSD, 10% SC for Tinitus, and 0% SC Bilateral Hearing Loss

Most of the time, I think my depression is my greatest concern.

Question is; "Should it be rated secondary to the PTSD or is it simply recognized by the raters as a symptom of the PTSD"?

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Veterans have had their rating for PTSD raised when depression is secondary-

http://www.va.gov/vetapp97/files3/9726244.txt

It all depends on medical evidence of the depression as separate from but resulting from the PTSD or the stressor.

I am pretty sure there are some claims granted of depression secondary to PTSD at BVA - or at least when the depression was factored into the PTSD rating-it allowed for higher rating-

Since PTSD is technically an anxiety disorder, depression can be -if diagnosed and treated too- a separate manifestation of traumatic stress.

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