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Veldrina,

I hope this works this time.

Papa

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Success! it worked! From the exam, i would say your PTSD is in the 50-70% range. If I were rating your claim, i would give you the 70% based on the following: the obsessive/ritualistic behavior interferes "severely" (as doc said) with daily activities, sere impairment of attention/concentration (can't sit still, need to escape from places/situations), near continuous panic attacks, disturbance of motivation and inability to establish/maintain effective social/work relationships, impaired impulse control (easily angered, irritability, history of explosive behavior). The doc didnt come out & say you are unemployable (it aimpacts occupational functioning but he didnt say prevents) so a 100% is iffy unless you have other disabilities which render you such.

Did that help, or were you looking for something more specific?

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What is your take on this Doctor relating my PTSD with Obesity? I honestly believe that my GAF score should have been lower, but isn't this number a number that can change day by day, or Doctor by Doctor? I also under stand that since I have been Dx for PTSD, I can not file for Depression, Anixety, compulsive disorder, etc. as was stated by the Doctor.

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What is your take on this Doctor relating my PTSD with Obesity?

Papa

Papa,

Is your question

How will VA rate my Obesity as secondary to PTSD.

What would the rating criteria be for this condition ?

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What is your take on this Doctor relating my PTSD with Obesity? I honestly believe that my GAF score should have been lower, but isn't this number a number that can change day by day, or Doctor by Doctor? I also under stand that since I have been Dx for PTSD, I can not file for Depression, Anixety, compulsive disorder, etc. as was stated by the Doctor.

Papa

You have been diagnosed with PTSD..........but that does NOT preclude you from filing for depression, anxiety, etc. The ONLY thing that a PTSD diagnosis does is contribute to the overall disability picture. You must bear in mind that you will ONLY receive ONE psychiatric RATING and that will be for the particular psychiatric condition that affects you the most (kinda like having your leg (say your Tibia) broken in three places, you'll only get rated for the WORST break, the one that affects your leg the most).

If you do have depression, etc., I'd go ahead and file for it, for you can't TELL which psychiatric condition that they will wind up rating you the most percentage of disability, until you file a claim, get C&P'd for 'em, and find out. But, without having read your C&P results (I'm lazy, okay!), I do think that I'd wait to see what the results of your PTSD wind up being.

Wait until then, then we can talk, okay?

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Carlie,

I just want them to SC it, rating would not be that important at the moment, but once it is SC, I could connect it to Sleep Apnea and other health issues.

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Papa,

Is your question

How will VA rate my Obesity as secondary to PTSD.

What would the rating criteria be for this condition ?

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