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BigCountryVet

Anxiety W/agrophobia Added To Ptsd

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Greetings to all my fellow vets. This is my first time using this forum and I am very pleased with what I've read through thus far. Ok... When I first got out of the Army in January 2006 I did my initial eval and was eventually given 70% service connected disability for ptsd. Today, I went to the va clinic to be reevaluated for compensation. Not only did the doctor maintain that I had ptsd (he noted that it actually has become more severe which was plainly obvious before i even did the interview), but he mentioned that it was very evident that I have acquired anxiety disorder with agorophobia (fear of public places). My ultimate question is this: if this new diagnosis of "anxiety disorder with agorophobia" is concurred with the review board will they increase my rating from the already 70% for ptsd or what? If they do in fact increase it, does any of it get backdated? I'd really appreciate any help I could get. I feel like I'm in the dark here in west Texas. Thanks yall...

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BigCountry,

Welcome to Hadit.

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Are you still employed?

If not I suggest that you apply for TDIU and then see if the VA will grant you the SMC S award for Housebound status.

But I hope others chime in here too on the HB status.

"My ultimate question is this: if this new diagnosis of "anxiety disorder with agorophobia" is concurred with the review board will they increase my rating from the already 70% for ptsd or what? If they do in fact increase it, does any of it get backdated? I'd really appreciate any help I could get. I feel like I'm in the dark here in we....

Do you have a present claim pending for higher rating?

Did you file a NOD on the 70%

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One way to do this is to apply for housebound and if the VA grants it they will bump you up to 100% schedular most likely. The VA usually insists on a vet being 100% schedular for a single disability in order to get HB. I have heard different here at hadit that you can get it if you are IU. I would just apply for the HB based on agrophobia. That would be the definition of being HB.

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Welcome to Hadit. I am 100% Service Connected for panic disorder/with Agoraphobia and I get SMC S rating another 300 bucks a month.

John gave you good advice ask for HB due to agoraphobia

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Welcome to Hadit. I am 100% Service Connected for panic disorder/with Agoraphobia and I get SMC S rating another 300 bucks a month.

John gave you good advice ask for HB due to agoraphobia

Thanks guys. It was a very brief interview (just over an hour) as opposed to the past several psych evals I've had where I had to take breaks they took so long. Nonetheless I am just curious at this point as to the likelihood of the review board giving me additional disability for the panic w/agora' dx. Will backpay come into play here in this case. Yall have been a wonderful help thus far and thanks ahead of time for any info you guys might have.

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