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C And P Exam On 8 July 2015

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I have been reading some of these blogs on MST and PTSD. I have a C & P exam on 8 July 2015. I have read some that are helpful and I am just a little nervous about this process. For one I am a Male and I disclosed it last year in July 2014. It was the hardest thing I have ever told anyone and was not completely comfortable telling my therapist either, but I had to do something because my mental state was deteriorating fast. I actually pushed the whole incedent out of my mind for along time telling myself it was no big deal. I could not tell anyone because I am a Guy this does not happen to men, so i silently suffered since 1995. I now have an exam. I have been diagnosed with PTSD due to MST and depression. I suffer from sleep distubances and night sweats. My wife tells me I scream in my sleep. I have gone to a couple MST groups and found them to be helpful. I still don't like to talk about it because I am supposed to be strong, but I have so much shame and guilt from it. I have constant anxiey and have panic attacks. I just worry about it and any guidence would be helpful.....

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Hello Mark Thanks for your feedback.... I will post a redacted copy of what they sent me and read it for yourself. Maybe I am interpreting in wrong, but I don't think so.

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Welcome aboard and just go in there and be honest bud. I too have something in common with you and I am 33, and feel that it will take a long time for me to get over it, as I was a child. Thank God I have a great wife and kids. Good luck, God Bless and keep us posted.

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As long as you have Markers that the MST occurred you should be ok. The VA has dramatically changed the way it approaches MST in the past few years, especially toward men. That being said the C and P can be intense and disturbing as you recount the details of the MST. Don't hold back on showing how this has affected you.

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Thank you Navy04

Mikemmlj, Obviously I never reported and I will have to go off markers. I have read a few things on it and I believe I have some pretty clear Markers. I graduated top of my class in AIT and had to AAM's and multiple Certificates for the work I was doing. Then one day it changed and I started on a downward spiral. My work suffered and I started drinking heavily and problems ensued after that and ultimately I was discharged for medical reasons because I could not control my drinking because I was using that to cope with my depression and suicidal thought and actions and did not get much better after I got out, so I assume they are some pretty clear markers, but who knows...

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One thing that you can do if you are afraid of talking to the C&P examiner is to work with your therapist and write down the events, so that way you don't have to worry about talking about details if you don't want to. At that point they may just have a few questions. The examiners are sensitive to how these affect people and have found that they didn't ask a lot after reading my testimony. Also, when you write this make sure you do it with your therapist under their guidance if possible because it will be very triggering. Also, have your therapist read the testimony if front of you so that way you will know what to expect and can feel better about them reading it while you sit in silence. I hope this helps. Just be honest about your symptoms and you should be fine. I know how hard the process can be, but the process will bring some healing even if you don't see it quite yet...keep us posted on how it goes.

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