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I went to my local VMAC for a psyciatric eval. today & the doctor says she thinks I was misdiagnosed

with paranoid schitz. & should have been diagnosed with major depression with anxiety disorders.

Will this have any consequences for my comp. rating or is this just a matter of one label or another?

She recommended weekly psycho therapy along with Zoloft & Trazodone.

Thank you for any help or insight,

Bob K

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I doubt it. It is not the DX that is important but they way it affects you. PTSD, or MDD or Panic disorder all can disabled you as can schizophrenia. I do think that paranoid schizophrenia has a more negative outlook in the minds of most shrinks. As long as you are SC for a mental disorder that is what counts. I have had three or four DX'es over the years from schizophrenia to bipolar to MDD and back to schizoprenia. What that means to me is that they are just guessing.

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I doubt it. It is not the DX that is important but they way it affects you. PTSD, or MDD or Panic disorder all can disabled you as can schizophrenia. I do think that paranoid schizophrenia has a more negative outlook in the minds of most shrinks. As long as you are SC for a mental disorder that is what counts. I have had three or four DX'es over the years from schizophrenia to bipolar to MDD and back to schizoprenia. What that means to me is that they are just guessing.

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Thanks for the info John, thats kind of what I thought. Any thoughts on the Psycotherapy & Zoloft. She said it would be 1 meeting a week.

Appreciate your time,

Bob K

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I went to my local VMAC for a psyciatric eval. today & the doctor says she thinks I was misdiagnosed

with paranoid schitz. & should have been diagnosed with major depression with anxiety disorders.

Will this have any consequences for my comp. rating or is this just a matter of one label or another?

She recommended weekly psycho therapy along with Zoloft & Trazodone.

Thank you for any help or insight,

Bob K

That depends - are you already SC'd for a mental health reason?

If yes- which one - at what evaluation and for how long?

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That depends - are you already SC'd for a mental health reason?

If yes- which one - at what evaluation and for how long?

I am rated @ 70% for paranoid schitzophrenia. Originally diagnosed in 1976 @ 50%.

According to VA the 1976 decision was a prestabilization rating, it is invalid because

I missed an exam in 1976. I have been rated 70% after a c&p May 2012, back dated to July 2011.

So according to VA I have been rated as of July 2011. I am currently speaking to an attorney about

the 1976 rating, but thats another story. Thanks for your time Carlie.

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I am rated @ 70% for paranoid schitzophrenia.

Originally diagnosed in 1976 @ 50%.

According to VA the 1976 decision was a prestabilization rating, it is invalid because

I missed an exam in 1976.

I have been rated 70% after a c&p May 2012, back dated to July 2011.

So according to VA I have been rated as of July 2011. I am currently speaking to an attorney about

the 1976 rating, but thats another story. Thanks for your time Carlie.

Bob K

IF VA SC'd you for a mental health condition at 50% in 1976

and this benefits was never adjudicated to be any lower than the 50 % -

at least that 50 % is protected by the 20 year reg and can NEVER be severed.

terminated, lowered, etc . . . except by a showing of fraud, which I'm sure you are not.

I do not see how this doc could change your diagnosis held for over 20 years.

I can see adding additional co-morbid diagnosis, but not total negation of the

original SC'd condition.

I do not think it will matter one way or the other.

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IF VA SC'd you for a mental health condition at 50% in 1976

and this benefits was never adjudicated to be any lower than the 50 % -

at least that 50 % is protected by the 20 year reg and can NEVER be severed.

terminated, lowered, etc . . . except by a showing of fraud, which I'm sure you are not.

I do not see how this doc could change your diagnosis held for over 20 years.

I can see adding additional co-morbid diagnosis, but not total negation of the

original SC'd condition.

I do not think it will matter one way or the other.

Thanks for your response Carlie

Bob K

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