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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Question Regards Diagnosis Of Ptsd

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Another Cowgirl question. Over the years I have been noted to have ptsd, ptsd symptoms, ptsd with mst symptoms in my SMRs and VA medical records. Now a clinic visit to my counselor lists 'ptsd secondary to mst' and mdd on Axis 1. Will that hold for a confirmed 'diagnosis'? Also in the description of the 'problem' there is reference to working on resolving effects of in service mst events. I do have a claim in to increase mdd and I would hope the current clinic notes like these would aid my request.

Any ideas or feedback?

Thanks so much,

Cg'up2009!

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I think they go by the Axis I as the primary disability.

carlie

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Carlie, thanks, gives me a quiet hope this is the counselor I've been waiting on.

Have a good one,

Cg'up2009!

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Axis I thru 5

Axis I: MDD is Major Depression, Recurrent with Secondary condition of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Clinicians always list the first disorder in Axis I as Primary

Axis II: Personality and Developmental Disorders

Axis IIi: Medical conditions that are related to your Axis I issues (DJD is Denegernative Joint Disease)

Axis IV: Psychosocial Stressors and should include the severity of them ex: 3-Moderate; 4-Severe

Axis V: Global Adaptive Functioning (GAF: Present (which is 62)

and should also include Higest GAF Past year:

VA disability ratings are based on how your SCed injury or illness impacts your daily life; family-wise, legally, socially, and industrially. That is precisely what the GAF is SUPPOSE to measure and the result is a number that is transfered to the schedule for mental disabilities.

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