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I was rated 100% PTSD in Dec. 2006-after 5 years! Now, I'm scheduled for another C&P exam

in 2009 to make sure my condition hasn't changed.

I have had to apply for SSDI and am unable to work. I have been in ongoing therapy and take regular psych meds. I've had the condition for over 30 years-why didn't they just rate me "P&T.

I have a friend who is a bit older (62) who was rated P&T off the bat when she applied for and received 100% for PTSD and she is P&T.

1. Do you have to apply for P&T?

2. Does my current age (52) have anything to do with it?

2. What should I expect from a follow up PTSD Exam?

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You don't have to apply for P&T but I did, and I got it within one year of getting TDIU. What you need is for your doctor to make a statement that you are permanently disabled from your PTSD. When you apply for SSDI they want a statement that you will be disabled for at least one year. When you get this exam you may be made P&T, but I would give the doctor a letter from my doctor saying I am P&T in his opinion. I never waited on the VA to make these decisions.

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Review Examination for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/disexm56.htm

Name: SSN:Date of Exam: C-number:Place of Exam:

The following health care providers can perform review examinations for PTSD.

a board-certified psychiatrist or board "eligible" psychiatrist;

a licensed doctorate-level psychologist;

a doctorate-level mental health provider under close supervision of a board-certified or board eligible psychiatrist or licensed doctorate-level psychologist;

a psychiatry resident under close supervision of a board-certified or board eligible psychiatrist or licensed doctorate-level psychologist;

a clinical or counseling psychologist completing a one year internship or residency (for purposes of a doctorate-level degree) under close supervision of a board-certified or board eligible psychiatrist or licensed doctorate-level psychologist;

a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, or a physician assistant, if they are clinically privileged to perform activities required for C&P mental disorder examinations, under close supervision of a board-certified or board eligible psychiatrist or doctorate-level psychologist. .

A. Review of Medical Records.

B. Medical History since last exam:

Comment on:

  1. Hospitalizations and outpatient care from the time between last rating examination to the present, UNLESS the purpose of this examination is to ESTABLISH service connection, then the complete medical history since discharge from military service is required.

  2. significant medical disorders (resulting pain or disability; current medications)

  3. frequency, severity and duration of psychiatric symptoms.

  4. length of remissions from psychiatric symptoms, to include capacity for adjustment during periods of remissions.

  5. treatments including statement on effectiveness and side effects experienced.

  6. subjective Complaints: describe fully.

C. Psychosocial Adjustment since the last exam

  • legal history (DWIs, arrests, time spent in jail)

  • educational accomplishments

  • extent of time lost from work over the past 12 month period and social impairment. If employed, identify current occupation and length of time at this job.
    If unemployed, note in
    complaints
    whether veteran contends it is due to the effects of a mental disorder. Further indicate following
    DIAGNOSIS
    what factors, and objective findings support or rebut that contention.

  • marital and family relationships (including quality of relationships with spouse and children)

  • degree and quality of social relationships

  • activities and leisure pursuits

  • substance use and consequences of substance use

  • history of violence / assaultiveness

  • history of suicide attempts

  • summary statement of current psychosocial functional status (performance in employment or schooling, routine responsibilities of self care, family role functioning, physical health, social/interpersonal relationships, recreation/leisure pursuits)

    D. Mental Status Examination

    Conduct a
    brief
    mental status examination aimed at screening for DSM-IV mental disorders. Describe and fully explain the existence, frequency and extent of the following signs and symptoms, or any others present, and relate how they interfere with employment and social functioning:

    • Impairment of thought process or communication.

    • Delusions, hallucinations and their persistence.

    • Eye contact, interaction in session, and inappropriate behavior cited with examples.

    • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts, ideations or plans or intent.

    • Ability to maintain minimal personal hygiene and other basic activities of daily living.

    • Orientation to person, place and time.

    • Memory loss, or impairment (both short and long-term).

    • Obsessive or ritualistic behavior which interferes with routine activities and describe any found.

    • Rate and flow of speech (note any irrelevant, illogical, or obscure speech patterns and whether constant or intermittent.)

    • Panic attacks noting the severity, duration, frequency and effect on independent functioning and whether clinically observed or good evidence of prior clinical or equivalent observation is shown.

    • Depression, depressed mood or anxiety.

    • Impaired impulse control and its effect on motivation or mood.

    • Sleep impairment and describe extent it interferes with daytime activities.

    • Other disorders or symptoms and the extent they interfere with activities

      E. Assessment of PTSD
      • identify behavioral, cognitive, social, affective, or somatic symptoms veteran attributes to PTSD

      • describe specific PTSD symptoms present (symptoms of trauma re-experiencing, avoidance/numbing, heightened physiological arousal, and associated features [e.g., disillusionment and demoralization])

      • specify typical frequency and severity of symptoms

        F. Psychometric Testing Results

        • provide psychological testing if deemed necessary

        • provide specific evaluation information required by the rating board or on a BVA Remand.

        • comment on validity of psychological test results

        • provide scores for PTSD psychometric assessments administered

        • state whether PTSD psychometric measures are consistent or inconsistent with a diagnosis of PTSD, based on normative data and established "cutting scores" (cutting scores that are consistent with or supportive of a PTSD diagnosis are as follows: PCL - not less than 50; Mississippi Scale not less than 107; MMPI PTSD subscale a score > 28; MMPI code type: 2-8 or 2-7-8)

        • state degree of severity of PTSD symptoms based on psychometric data (mild, moderate, or severe)

        • describe findings from psychological tests measuring problems other than PTSD (MMPI, etc.)

          G. Diagnosis:

          1. The Diagnosis must conform to DSM-IV and be supported by the findings on the examination report.

          2. If there are multiple mental disorders discuss the relationship with PTSD.

          3. The evaluation is based on the effects of the signs and symptoms on occupational and social functioning.

          NOTE:
          VA is prohibited by statute, 38 U.S.C. 1110, from paying compensation for a disability that is a result of the veteran's own ALCOHOL OR DRUG ABUSE. However, when a veteran's alcohol or drug abuse disability is secondary to or is caused or aggravated by a primary service-connected disorder, the veteran may be entitled to compensation. See
          , 237 F.3d 1368, 1381 (Fed. Cir. 2001). (
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          ) Therefore, it is important to determine the relationship, if any, between a service-connected disorder and a disability resulting from the veteran's alcohol or drug abuse. Unless alcohol or drug abuse is secondary to or is caused or aggravated by another mental disorder, you should separate, to the extent possible, the effects of the alcohol or drug abuse from the effects of the other mental disorder(s). If it is not possible to separate the effects in such cases, please explain why.

          H. Diagnostic Status

          • Axis I disorders

          • Axis II disorders

          • Axis III disorders

          • Axis IV (psychosocial and environmental problems)

          • Axis V (GAF score: current)

            I. Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF):

            NOTE:
            The complete multi-axial format as specified by DSM-IV may be required by BVA REMAND or specifically requested by the rating specialist. If so, include the GAF score and note whether it refers to current functioning. A BVA REMAND may also request, in addition to an overall GAF score, that a separate GAF score be provided for each mental disorder present when there are multiple Axis I or Axis II diagnoses and not all are service- connected. If separate GAF scores can be given, an explanation and discussion of the rationale is needed. If it is not possible, an explanation as to why not is needed. (See the above note pertaining to alcohol or drug abuse.)

            J. Capacity to Manage Financial Affairs: Mental competency, for VA benefits purposes, refers only to the ability of the veteran to manage VA benefit payments in his or her own best interest, and not to any other subject. Mental incompetency, for VA benefits purposes, means that the veteran, because of injury or disease, is not capable of managing benefit payments in his or her best interest. In order to assist raters in making a legal determination as to competency, please address the following:

            What is the impact of injury or disease on the veteran's ability to manage his or her financial affairs, including consideration of such things as knowing the amount of his or her VA benefit payment, knowing the amounts and types of bills owed monthly, and handling the payment prudently? Does the veteran handle the money and pay the bills himself or herself?


            Based on your examination, do you believe that the veteran is capable of managing his or her financial affairs? Please provide examples to support your conclusion.


            If you believe a Social Work Service assessment is needed before you can give your opinion on the veteran's ability to manage his or her financial affairs, please explain why.



            K. Other Opinion: Furnish any other specific opinion requested by the rating board or BVA remand (i.e., furnish the complete rationale and citation of medical texts or treatise supporting opinion, if medical literature review was undertaken). If the requested opinion is medically not ascertainable on exam or testing please state why. If the requested opinion can not be expressed without resorting to speculation or making improbable assumptions say so, and explain why. If the opinion asks " ... is it at least as likely as not ... ", fully explain the clinical findings and rationale for the opinion.

            L. Integrated Summary and Conclusions

            1. Describe changes in psychosocial functional status and quality of life since the last exam (performance in employment or schooling, routine responsibilities of self care, family role functioning, physical health, social/interpersonal relationships, recreation/leisure pursuits).

            2. Describe linkage between PTSD symptoms and aforementioned changes in impairment in functional status and quality of life.
              Particularly in cases where a veteran is unemployed, specific details about the effects of PTSD and its symptoms on employment are especially important.

            3. If possible, describe extent to which disorders other than PTSD (e.g., substance use disorders) are independently responsible for impairment in psychosocial adjustment and quality of life. If this is not possible, explain why (e.g., substance use had onset after PTSD and clearly is a means of coping with PTSD symptoms).

            4. If possible, state prognosis for improvement of psychiatric condition and impairments in functional status.

            5. Comment on whether veteran is capable of managing his or her financial affairs.

            M. Effects of PTSD on Occupational and Social Functioning Evaluation of PTSD is based on its effects on occupational and social functioning. Select the appropriate assessment of the veteran from the choices below:

            • Total occupational and social impairment due to PTSD signs and symptoms.

              Provide examples and pertinent symptoms, including those already reported.

              OR


              • PTSD signs and symptoms result in deficiencies in most of the following areas: work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, and mood.

                Provide examples and pertinent symptoms, including those already reported for each affected area.

                OR


              [*]There is reduced reliability and productivity due to PTSD signs and symptoms.

              Provide examples and pertinent symptoms, including those already reported.

              OR

              [*]There is occasional decrease in work efficiency or there are intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks due to signs and symptoms, but generally satisfactory functioning (routine behavior, self-care, and conversation normal).

              Provide examples and pertinent symptoms, including those already reported.

              OR

              [*]There are PTSD signs and symptoms that are transient or mild and decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational tasks only during periods of significant stress.

              Provide examples and pertinent symptoms, including those already reported.

              OR

              [*]PTSD symptoms require continuous medication

              OR

              [*]Select all that apply:

              [*]PTSD symptoms are not severe enough to require continuous medication.

              [*]PTSD symptoms are not severe enough to interfere with occupational and social functioning.

              Include your name; your credentials, i.e., a board certified psychiatrist, a licensed psychologist, a psychiatry resident or a psychology intern, LCSW, or NP and circumstances under which you performed the examination, if applicable, i.e., under the close supervision of an attending psychiatrist or psychologist; include name of supervising psychiatrist or psychologist.

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TITLE 38--PENSIONS, BONUSES, AND VETERANS' RELIEF

CHAPTER I--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSPART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES

Subpart B--Disability Ratings

4.129 Mental disorders due to traumatic stress.

General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders:

Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought processes or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name....................... 100

Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical, obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively; impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and maintain effective relationships........................... 70

Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity due to such symptoms as: flattened affect; circumstantial, circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic attacks more than once a week; difficulty in understanding complex commands; impairment of short- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of only highly learned material, forgetting to complete tasks); impaired judgment; impaired abstract thinking; disturbances of motivation and mood; difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships........... 50

Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks (although generally functioning satisfactorily, with routine behavior, self-care, and conversation normal), due to such symptoms as: depressed mood, anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly or less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory loss (such as forgetting names, directions, recent events)........................................... 30

Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational tasks only during periods of significant stress, or; symptoms controlled by continuous medication............... 10

A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social functioning or to require continuous medication..................... 0

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