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Just Got Approved! Now I Want Outpatient Treatment. Screw Va Treatment.



Let me share a bit first about my VA experience.

Iraqi war veteran 05-07. Got out of the military in 08.

Depression and ADD started to kick severally in around 2011. I was about 29 at the time, a full grown adult.

Started going to the VA for treatment. I was just getting worse and worse over the years.

Talked to my ex squad leader, suggested my behavior was linked to PTSD. Turns out half my platoon was diagnosed with PTSD (we had a really rough tour) and he suggested I go get help for it.

Now in my 3+ years of going to the VA for depression and anti social issues, NOT ONE doctor asked about my dramatic experiences (and boy did I have a lot). From psychiatrist to psychologist it seemed that they all steered away from asking about the war.

So I wrote to C&P, wrote them a nice gruesome letter. Got an appointment set in about a few months. In the meantime I figured I would get more evidence. Went to the VA PTSD clinic in Miami. Spoke to a social worker (who again never once asked about my traumatic experiences), all she wanted to know was if I was a danger to myself or others. Since I wasnt I got denied PTSD diagnoses. DAMN. I just screwed myself.

Still had my CP appointment set, thought for sure I was a done for. So I started off strong. I told her ALL my experiences for the first time since going to the VA, in full detail. She was a bit blown back by it all. Said most PTSD patients didnt experience a fraction of that, and my detailed memory was a good indication of PTSD.

In the end I got 50% disability for Depression (not PTSD) and 10% due to knee.

I honestly do not want to ever deal with the VA again. I want to see help (depression and PTSD) through a private doctor.

My only concern is Im sure in order to maintain my compensation I must present evidence of ongoing treatement. How do I present that evidence if I am getting help outside the system?

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You can submit copies of your private medical records to VA if you want.

They can include those in your VA medical file.

Good luck on getting private (fee basis) mental health care.

You might want to check out your local Vet Center.


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Welcome to Hadit!

+1 about vet centers being great!

Your chances of getting fee based is better if you live further away from a clinic/hospital, but like Carlie said, good luck getting MH treatment.

Most important of all, don't give up!

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well I was thinking of seeing a private psychiatrist and/or shrink.

I just started a new job and the VA wont give me certain meds unless I go once every month. Which is kind of hard for me to keep to as opposed to a private doctor who can just write me up whenever I call. Basically less hoops to jump through.

What is this "fee based" thing you bring up?

Also can VetCenters see me on weekends or write me prescriptions?

Thanks guys for any help.

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