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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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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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Notorious Kelly

Just Returned From Ptsd C & P

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45 minute session - nice doctor

Spent 30% of time on childhood: upbringing, trauma, feelings about that

Then: Do I avoid thinking/talking about stressor?

What causes PTSD symptoms? How do I spend my time? etc

I really don't buy that the "Remember 4 things to repeat later.." is an accurate test of your concentration/memory abilities but....

My primary problems are chronic pain associated with neuropathy, etc and I was honest about that.

He said it takes a couple months to hear anything.

He didn't ask anything about homicidal ideation but it's in paperwork I submitted. I brought my whole packet, including a collateral letter I just received from my sister yesterday. Appears that he only saw what was in my VA records but none of the evidence I submitted with PTSD application.

I also included my UI info in a summary at the end of the stressor letter instead of the outdated ailment list in my records.

So, it's in the works! For anyone anxious about the PTSD C & P it was pretty painless.

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45 minute session - nice doctor

Spent 30% of time on childhood: upbringing, trauma, feelings about that

Then: Do I avoid thinking/talking about stressor?

What causes PTSD symptoms? How do I spend my time? etc

I really don't buy that the "Remember 4 things to repeat later.." is an accurate test of your concentration/memory abilities but....

My primary problems are chronic pain associated with neuropathy, etc and I was honest about that.

He said it takes a couple months to hear anything.

He didn't ask anything about homicidal ideation but it's in paperwork I submitted. I brought my whole packet, including a collateral letter I just received from my sister yesterday. Appears that he only saw what was in my VA records but none of the evidence I submitted with PTSD application.

I also included my UI info in a summary at the end of the stressor letter instead of the outdated ailment list in my records.

So, it's in the works! For anyone anxious about the PTSD C & P it was pretty painless.

im pretty anxious about it. just filed my claim so i havent had an exam scheduled yet. ur exam sounds just like the ptsd eval that i am in the process of going thru. surely they wont make me repeat that. at least i hope not. it took me from friday last wk till last nite to get more than 2 hrs sleep. glad it was pretty painless for u!!

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Thanks, clw! :)

That's why I posted the synopsis, so those of you who haven't yet gone might feel a bit more comfy with it.

In hindsight, I can see where the questions he asked were targeted at the areas in DSM IV etc that we read on here. You'll get different questions, I bet, but I'm sure the best strategy is just to be honest.

My memory sux so I have no choice - no way I could keep track of lies :D

I probably didn't do 'well' in terms of getting rated for PTSD, but I don't regret not trying to skew the results.

When your day comes you'll do fine! :)

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For some vets the PTSD C & P is very painful.

Even anticipating it brings up the stressors again and again.

I am glad you had a positive feeling.

The C & P can provide the diagnosis and extent of the PTSD- regarding a rating.

With a proven stressor , it then can become an award.

I am curious, do they still have PTSD vets fill out the calendar?

This was done for Vietnam vets with a one year TDY in Vietnam month by month.I think it was part of the PTSD questionnaire.

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The thirty minutes spent on your childhood was 30 minutes looking for a personality disorder. I hope you told him you had a wonderful childhood, loved your parents, loved school and never drank or took one toke of dope, or got into a fistfight. I know about this since I had an exam where the doctor asked those questions and I made honest answers and got a anti-social personality disorder diagnosis because I skipped school once and got into a fistfight once.

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Mine is non-combat Berta, for a violent accident in 1979 that I've never been able to remember.

What's odd is, I have nightmares and meet all of the DSM IV criteria, but he didn't go much into that.

I'm at peace with however it goes. John, I did tell him about the alcoholism and domestic abuse in my family. He asked if it ever made me feel afraid or angry and I said both.

I'm so wiped out physically that I know the IU is a match, regardless of how it goes. So I'm not as concerned with the PTSD, but doing it as part of the process, since I do have a diagnosis from my psychologist.

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