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What Is Ptsd Comp % Average

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I thank you all for your support and it helps knowing I am not alone. But do you all ahve problems like this as well. This is a deep in the head issue that effects all but way more then I ever seen. I now at 40% , 20% for my lower back problem and then 30% for PTSD. Just got to love the Math. This comes to the issue that is coming to the surface really fast. I may have gotten help to late. I havent worked in a few years. So money Problems are here. My relation ship with my wife and kids are at a all time low if it could get any lower.

I have been asked Am I not working cause of PTSD. In general i reply I dont know. I panic when applying for work . When and if I get myself outta the house. I had a interview once and walked out thinking I was haveing a heart attack and couldnt breath. At that tim I just thought I was a true blown NUT CASE. I freak out when asked questions. I ask myself enough question in my head all day every day. But here is the kicker. Our house is now in Act 91 just as rest us the USA. I have been so blind to see this problem I have I never saw this coming ever ! I am looseing it all. Wife, kids, House. Is this normal with PTSD to be so blind, so numb. Is 30% all they give. I know it gets worse before it gets better but all the help I got was to open my eye and see what kind of fool I have been. I rather have not seen any of this. It just hurts even more. This fear is over whelming all by its self. Now this fear along with normal life is truely hard to except. Why And how did I get so BAD. Where is the person I once was.

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You are not working and have PTSD you should get at l;east 100% TDIU. You need to fill out the TDIU Form and appeal any decision under a year.

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All mental health disorders follow the same requirements. As Pete53 said, If you are not working, you should file a claim for increase for PTSD, you also should file a claim for TDIU and make sure if you are not being treated by a psychiatrist, you need to try to get to see one.

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 work like 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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A claim for TDIU IS a claim for an increase, automatically. The "title" of the claim is something like "Claim for increase due to Unemployability" or some such, but, nonetheless he just needs to file the one claim.

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