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Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
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I have been denied VA disability and I'm appealing. My application for benefits is for mental health, specifically Bipolar Disorder (BPD). I have over 30 years since leaving the service and have been treated most of that time for BPD.
I had a mental health hospitalization in the service where my first diagnosis was Bipolar Disorder. This was changed to Schizoid Personality for a final diagnosis. However, the service medical record was full of symptoms for BPD. My current VA Psychologist is convinced that I had Bipolar Disorder in the service. He has written this into his case notes with his reasons. I will be talking to my VA Psychiatrist again soon and will see if she will also document that in her professional opinion that the service hospitalization was for BPD. My brother and sister are writing letters that state that I had pronounced cyclic mood highs and lows after leaving the military.
I am looking for any ideas that you other veterans have. Has this deal of the military changing a diagnosis happened to anyone else? What is the best way to deal with it? My denial was because no service connection exists, but it does exist if they accept my correct service diaganosis of Bipolar Disorder. I have contacted a legal firm to possibly represent me for the appeal. Thanks in advance for your responses to this post.
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