Jump to content
Using an Ad Blocker? Consider adding HadIt.com as an exception. Hadit.com is funded through advertising, ad free memberships, contributions and out of pocket. ×
  • 0

Put Off Accepting I Had Ptsd


handler
This thread is over 365 days old and has been closed.

Please post your question as a New Topic by clicking this link and choosing which forum to post in.

For almost everything you are going to want to post in VA Claims Research.

If this is your first time posting. Take a moment and read our Guidelines. It will inform you of what is and isn't acceptable and tips on getting your questions answered. 

 

Remember, everyone who comes here is a volunteer. At one point, they went to the forums looking for information. They liked it here and decided to stay and help other veterans. They share their personal experience, providing links to the law and reference materials and support because working on your claim can be exhausting and beyond frustrating. 

 

This thread may still provide value to you and is worth at least skimming through the responses to see if any of them answer your question. Knowledge Is Power, and there is a lot of knowledge in older threads.

 

spacer.png

Question

After keeping everything inside of 40 years my VASO suggested that I put in a claim for PTSD. I guess I always knew that there was something there that wasn't right. Nightmares, hypervigulance, deep fear of the dark were just a few things that I have been living with all these years.

After a lot of thought and searching I finally filed the claim. After doing so I spent countless nights worrying about what would come next. The C&P exam scarred me to death because I knew that they would bring up things I have spent a long time trying to forget.

The day of the exam came and from the start I began to feel a little better about the process. The psychologist asked me questions for over 90 minutes in a way that really brought back feelings and memories that I had all but forgotten. She did it in a way that made me realize that I definitely needed help.

Although I now have more nightmares and thoughts of the incidents that have plagued me for years, I know that there is help available.

I was able to obtain a copy of the C&P report and would really like to hear your opinions on the outcome of the exam. It appears that the psychologist agrees that I have PTSD and I hope the raters will agree with her. In any case, I am in line to get some help and I am anxious to get started.

Here is a recap of what was on the report. Comments are sure welcome.

Diagnostic Assessment: (This was after 4 pages of narrative of the interview)

(Some items below are shortened to save space)

The veteran indicated that he experienced and witnessed events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, and a threat to the physical integrity of self and others through being shot at, mortar attacks, and fear for this life. His response involved intense fear, helplessness and horror. Therefore, he meets criteria "A" for the PTSD diagnosis.

Since discharge from the military he has persistently experienced the traumatic events through: recurrent distressing dreams of the event as well as recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the event, including images, thoughts or perceptions. Therefore, he meets criteria "B" of the PTSD diagnosis.

……He has avoided stimuli associated with the trauma and numbing of general responsiveness through efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma, feeling of detachment or estrangements from others, restricted range of affect. Therefore, he meets criteria "C" of the PTSD diagnosis.

……He persistently has symptoms of increased arousal as indicated by: difficulty falling and staying asleep, irritability, and hypervigilance. Therefore, he meets criteria "D" of the PTSD diagnosis.

…..He has experienced the above symptomatolgy since he was in the military. Therefore he meets criteria "E" of the PTSD diagnosis.

…. Therefore, not only does he meet the criteria for criteria "E" for the PTSD diagnosis, he also qualifies for the "Chronic" specification.

Diagnoses:

Axis I: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, chronic, moderate, related to military experience.

Primary Insomnia secondary to PTSD

Depression NOS secondary to PTSD

Axis II: None

Axis III: Deferred to Medical.

Axis IV: Sleep problems, isolative behaviors

Axis V: Current GAF = 58

Thanks to Hadit.com and all who contribute. It helped me to have an idea of what to expect during my exam.

I'll post an update when I hear back from the VARO.

Your comments on the exam results and what to expect are appreciated.

Handler

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Answers 4
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters For This Question

Popular Days

Top Posters For This Question

4 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

I would think based on the write up that you will be awarded PTSD by the rater. The % maybe tricky between 30-50% but if you don't get what you feel is fair you can always NOD.

I take it you are getting treatment so that should help you enjoy the rest of your life a little better.

Welcome to Hadit!

Edited by stillhere
Link to comment
Share on other sites

handler,

Welcome to Hadit.com.

Where did you "experienced and witnessed events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, and a threat to the physical integrity of self and others through being shot at, mortar attacks, and fear for this life. His response involved intense fear, helplessness and horror." ?

Being that VBA already ordered your C&P exam your stressor may have already been conceded.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

handler,

Welcome to Hadit.com.

Where did you "experienced and witnessed events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, and a threat to the physical integrity of self and others through being shot at, mortar attacks, and fear for this life. His response involved intense fear, helplessness and horror." ?

Being that VBA already ordered your C&P exam your stressor may have already been conceded.

Carlie,

I was wondering if the stressor was already conceded. It may be that I fall under the new PTSD regs. You all on here may be able to answer that. I submitted my claim on May 13, 2010 but there had not been any decision (or any contact for that matter) from the VA before July 13, 2010.

As for where I "experienced" these incidents. Vietnam August '68 thru October '70. (26 months)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • HadIt.com Elder

Carlie,

I was wondering if the stressor was already conceded. It may be that I fall under the new PTSD regs. You all on here may be able to answer that. I submitted my claim on May 13, 2010 but there had not been any decision (or any contact for that matter) from the VA before July 13, 2010.

As for where I "experienced" these incidents. Vietnam August '68 thru October '70. (26 months)

Yes, your claim will fall under the "new regs" and, yes, your stressor(s) have been conceded (probably appears throughout your service records and requires only someone reading and reasoning that, if you were THERE then you WERE THERE!). I mean, seriously, WHO that WAS in Vietnam, was NOT :

"experienced and witnessed events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, and a threat to the physical integrity of self and others through being shot at, mortar attacks, and fear for this life. His response involved intense fear, helplessness and horror." ?

HELL YES!

.............even in downtown Saigon................even in the American Embassy...............even on the rooftop of the Air America housing.............

just sayin'.....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • veterans-crisis-line.jpg
    The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.

    CHAT NOW

  • Advertisemnt

  • question-001.jpegLooking for Answers? Here are tips for finding the answers you seek.

     

    All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. To post, you must register. Registration is free. You can register for a free account here.

     

    You can read the forums without registering.

     

    Tips on posting on the forums.
     

    1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question.
    2. Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
    3. Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.

     

    Leading to:

     

    Post straightforward questions and then post background information.

     

    Examples:
     
    • A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
    • I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
       
    • B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
        • 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?

     

    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.

     

    Note:

     

    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed.
    • This process does not take long.
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. The review requirement will usually be removed by the 6th post. However, we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.
    • This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before hitting the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims, and this helps us do that.
  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   

    tinnitus-005.pngptsd-005.pnglumbosacral-005.pngscars-005.pnglimitation-flexion-knee-005.pngdiabetes-005.pnglimitation-motion-ankle-005.pngparalysis-005.pngdegenerative-arthitis-spine-005.pngtbi-traumatic-brain-injury-005.png

  • Advertisemnt

  • VA Watchdog

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    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

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines

<——>