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Bogus Diagnosis Of Borderline Personality Disorder “Traits”

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Sergeant G


(I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right forum.)

I was diagnosed with depression while in the Marine Corps in 1998 and this diagnosis was corrected to bipolar disorder in 2007. There was never any mention of a personality disorder in my medical records. However, today I received an updated copy of my VA medical records (from May 2010 to present) and much to my surprise, I found out that my prescriber, a certified nurse specialist, has been noting in my records that I have bipolar disorder with borderline personality traits. I have no idea where she got this from, but I am super pissed off about it and want my records corrected. She never mentioned this to me during any of my appointments.

I am currently rated 70% with IU, and I have an appeal pending with the Boston RO. (I am disputing the effective date of my IU award.) I'm worried that the RO will be peering into my records as part of my appeal and see the reference to borderline personality disorder and then try to reduce my current rating.

Before I read the CNS' treatment notes, I was already thinking of requesting a new prescriber because I don't "click" with the one I have. How should I handle getting my records corrected? I want to be firm, but not too confrontational. I happen to have an appointment with her on Friday.

Thanks for all the advice.

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