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mcarter985

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Good Morning,

I have an appointment at the end of this month at the VA hospital to attend a PTSD clinic where I think I start the process of getting my initial diagnosis for PTSD. The appointment, I'm told, will take 3-4 hours. That's all I know about it. So, a couple of questions...

1) Can I expect a diagnosis right away (if I have it)? I have no doubt I do (medic in Viet Nam in 1969-70). It seems I need a diagnosis before going to the local Vet Center or VA hospital for treatment.

2) I see a lot of posts where vets go through multiple C & Ps. Is this normal?

3) Finally, I intend to finally get treatment but will the VA wait for a C & P until there is a history of treatment?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

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Sorry to hear of your troubles bud. If you are asking if you will be diagnosed with PTSD, I think so in my opinion, as I am SC at 70% for PTSD. Once given a diagnoses, then submit a claim for PTSD, and I think it will be granted. Now at what %, don't know bud. Good luck and keep us posted

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Sorry to hear of your troubles bud. If you are asking if you will be diagnosed with PTSD, I think so in my opinion, as I am SC at 70% for PTSD. Once given a diagnoses, then submit a claim for PTSD, and I think it will be granted. Now at what %, don't know bud. Good luck and keep us posted

Thanks US VET. How long did the process take for you?

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1). Usually you are diagnosed after completing the initial evaluation. As a medic who served in a combat unit, you should have no problem being diagnosed with PTSD.

2). If you have multiple conditions, it is not unusual to undergo multiple C & P exams. If you have a medical condition become worse and file a request for an increased disability rating, you will usually receive another C & P exam.

3). No. Once you enroll in the VA healthcare system, you can start receiving treatment for your diagnosed PTSD. In fact, you will need these treatment records to show the level of disability when you file your claim. NOTE: You have to be diagnosed by a VA doctor for a successful PTSD claim.

Good luck to you and thank you for your service.

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1). Usually you are diagnosed after completing the initial evaluation. As a medic who served in a combat unit, you should have no problem being diagnosed with PTSD.

2). If you have multiple conditions, it is not unusual to undergo multiple C & P exams. If you have a medical condition become worse and file a request for an increased disability rating, you will usually receive another C & P exam.

3). No. Once you enroll in the VA healthcare system, you can start receiving treatment for your diagnosed PTSD. In fact, you will need these treatment records to show the level of disability when you file your claim. NOTE: You have to be diagnosed by a VA doctor for a successful PTSD claim.

Good luck to you and thank you for your service.

Thanks Georgiapops! I do have a heart condition (had a heart attack in May) that I was just rated for 60%...probably caused by a mix of Agent Orange and PTSD. I'm happy with the 60% and just want to keep things simple (and possibly faster).

Don't know why my response was in the "quote" box. Probably an operator error!

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