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LivinginHell

Ssd Diagnosed With Ptsd And C/p As Well....waiting For Va

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Ok, here is my post as I am lost in the sauce and life is getting more bleak with the holidays coming up.

I applied for SSD while waiting for C/P Exam for PTSD. SSD apporved for PTSD 100%. I saw C/P examiner and this is the report:

SECTION I:

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1. Diagnostic Summary
---------------------
Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-IV criteria
based on today's evaluation?
[X] Yes [ ] No
ICD code: 309.81
2. Current Diagnoses
--------------------
a. Diagnosis #1: PTSD
ICD code: 309.81
Indicate the Axis category:
[X] Axis I [ ] Axis II
Comments, if any:
moderate to moderately severe sx, present for at least 2 yrs
(he's
a bit unclear), daily sx, no remissions. He has some depressive
sx
but doesn't meet criteria at this point for an affective
disorder.
b. Axis III - medical diagnoses (to include TBI): orthopedic injuries
ICD code: V54
Comments, if any:
no major medical problems, no TBI reported.
c. Axis IV - Psychosocial and Environmental Problems (describe, if any):
intermittent homelessness, unemployed, serious financial difficulties.
d. Axis V - Current global assessment of functioning (GAF) score: 50
3. Differentiation of symptoms
------------------------------
a. Does the Veteran have more than one mental disorder diagnosed?
[ ] Yes [X] No
4. Occupational and social impairment
-------------------------------------
a. Which of the following best summarizes the Veteran's level of
occupational
and social impairment with regards to all mental diagnoses? (Check only
one)
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[X] Occupational and social impairment with deficiencies in most areas,
such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking and/or
mood
b. For the indicated level of occupational and social impairment, is it
possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social
impairment indicated above is caused by each mental disorder?
[ ] Yes [ ] No [X] No other mental disorder has been diagnosed
c. If a diagnosis of TBI exists, is it possible to differentiate what
portion
of the occupational and social impairment indicated above is caused by
the
TBI?
[ ] Yes [ ] No [X] No diagnosis of TBI
4. PTSD Diagnostic Criteria
---------------------------
a. Please check criteria used for establishing the current PTSD diagnosis.
The diagnostic criteria for
PTSD, referred to as Criteria A-F, are from
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition
(DSM-IV).
Criterion A: The Veteran has been exposed to a traumatic event where both
of the following were present:
[X] The Veteran experienced, witnessed or was confronted with an event
that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a
threat to the physical integrity of self or others.
[X] The Veteran's response involved intense fear, helplessness or
horror.
Criterion B: The traumatic event is persistently reexperienced in 1 or
more of the following ways:
[X] Recurrent and distressing recollections of the event, including
images, thoughts or perceptions
[X] Recurrent distressing dreams of the event
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[X] Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring; this
includes a sense of reliving the experience, illusions,
hallucinations and dissociative flashback episodes, including
those
that occur on awakening or when intoxicated
[X] Intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external
cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event
[X] Physiological reactivity on exposure to internal or external cues
that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event
Criterion C: Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma
and numbing of general responsiveness (not present before
the
trauma), as indicated by 3 or more of the following:
[X] Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings or conversations associated
with the trauma
[X] Efforts to avoid activities, places or people that arouse
recollections of the trauma
[X] Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant
activities
[X] Feeling of detachment or estrangement from others
[X] Restricted range of affect (e.g., unable to have loving feelings)
Criterion D: Persistent symptoms of increased arousal, not present before
the trauma, as indicated by 2 or more of the following:
[X] Difficulty falling or staying asleep
[X] Irritability or outbursts of anger
[X] Difficulty concentrating
[X] Hypervigilance
[X] Exaggerated startle response
Criterion E:
[X] The duration of the symptoms described above in Criteria B, C and
D
is more than 1 month.
Criterion F:
[X] The PTSD symptoms described above cause clinically significant
distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important
areas of functioning.
b. Which stressor(s) contributed to the Veterans PTSD diagnosis?:
[X] Stressor #1
[X] Stressor #2
5. Symptoms
-----------
For VA rating purposes, check all symptoms that apply to the Veterans
diagnoses:
[X] Anxiety
[X] Suspiciousness
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[X] Chronic sleep impairment
[X] Disturbances of motivation and mood
[X] Difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social
relationships
[X] Difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances, including work or
a
worklike setting
6. Other symptoms
-----------------
Does the Veteran have any other symptoms attributable to PTSD (and other
mental disorders) that are not listed above?
[X] Yes [ ] No
If yes, describe:
he has trouble being in crowded places, he seems quite
discouraged.
7. Competency
-------------
Is the Veteran capable of managing his or her financial affairs?
[X] Yes [ ] No
8. Remarks, if any
------------------
with regards to routine activities of daily living he stays at home most
of the time but he's able to drive (but trouble affording gas), he
can
shop but has to go during off hours when there are no crowds, he has no
recreational activities, he is capable of routine self-care.
Veteran is seeking service connection for:
7) attention deficit disorder-- no present, his problem is PTSD
8) PTSD-- related to traumatic/life threatening experiences as a prison
guard at Guantanamo and Afghanistan: attacked by prisoners, life
threatened, riots. He also experienced indirect combat in Afghanistan
GAF 50.....I am having trouble trying to live everyday and if not for my kids, would more than likely not be here. The VA is doing what it can as I know it takes years but I have no more money, hate asking for handouts and my claim went to pending a desicion last month (claim filed in JAN 13)....Any ideas on how long and what can I expect for a rating....Need to see if i should start packing after Xmas since I have nothing left to sell and refuse to steal......

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30%-70% should be awarded. Good luck bud and keeps us updated.

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My guess is 70% but you should be eligible for TDIU, therefore you would be paid at the 100% level. Good Luck brother and keep fighting and never give up. There will be better days ahead for you. Get (or stay) in counseling with the VA as there are some good doctors out there able to help. If nothing else, you will be creating a paper trail you might need someday down the road.

LC

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well i was reviewing my status on ebenes and it said the only thing they received was my va medical history...nothing else. i have a sudden fear of being told i wont get the rating...which scares me because i have never wanted this nor would want this on anyone. i have a fear of being homeless since i have nothing left, getting a job is the toughest thing to do for a 37 yr old vet who hasn't worked since i left the army (and no one is hiring us), fighting/getting upset quickly, no sleep, hell i dont even leave my house unless i have to get food or my kids....bills are piling up and tires are bald. i dont see the light at the end of the tunnel and now it seems that i wont make rent for next month...i hate the holidays.....i just cant stand living with this crap and with my luck, the VA is going to deny everything for me...just lost in the sauce with nowhere to go and been thru the VA OEF counslers (but i cant keep going due to no money for gas) and thru WWP (heard nothing from them)... they closed my needing paperwork on nov 14th.... am i really screwed?

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No, it's just their timeframe. If you look on here in the ebenefits section you'll find some great info regarding to your question....very good info too. Just don't get caught up with all the language and changes on ebenny, it'll drive you insane.

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