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I am currently rated 60% SC (40% my back, 30% Major Depressive Disorder) rated in 2011.
I just filed for increase for Major Depressive Disorder and Individual Unemployability. Currently in "preparation for decision phase".
Here's the main points from my C&P exam. What rating/IU does this look like to you? Any input is appreciated.
DIAGNOSIS: Major Depressive Disorder, recurrent and severe; with moderate anxious distress
Which of the following best summarizes the veteran’s level of occupational and social impairment with regards to all mental diagnoses?
· TOTAL OCCUPATIONAL AND SOCIAL IMPAIRMENT
Veteran provided letter written by his therapist and psychiatrist detailing the severity of his depressive symptoms, impact on daily life, and their shared opinion that the veteran is unemployable. It’s our opinion that the severity of his Major Depressive Disorder symptoms have totally impaired his ability to function in all spheres. At this time, he presents as unemployable in any setting and his symptom severity has grossly affected his ability to function in social settings. He demonstrates clinically significant distress, reporting high levels of depression, even at home, causing impairment in his ability to perform activities of daily living.”
· Depressed mood
· Near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independetlay, appropriately and effectively
· Difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances, including work or work like setting
· Suicidal ideation
· Inability to establish/maintain effective relationships
· Neglect of personal appearance and hygiene
· Chronic sleep impairment
· Intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living, including maintenance of minimul personal hygiene
· Mild memory loss, such as forgetting names, directions, events
· Impairment of short and long term memory
· Flattened affect
· Disturbances of motivation and mood
In my opinion, Mr *****’s severe depressive symptoms interfere profoundly with his occupational and social functioning. My assessment today is fully consistent with what is well-described in his VA treatment records and I concur with his current providers that his “symptoms have totally impaired his ability to function in all spheres.”
Look like a 100% percent to me.
100%, but watch out they don't designate a fiduciary for you to handle your money.
Why would they do that? My CP examiner said I could handle my finances in the exam report and both of my providers would for sure object to that.
John, is just saying that the VA can, but may not do so. In my case VA and SSDI said I can not handle anything, so what I have a great Wife and Daughters, makes no difference to me, and I cant own a weapon, have no want for that either. In my opinion, not as big a deal as most folks make it, unless you have no family, and 5 ex wives!!!
How much effect does the suicide ideation have on the rating? I have attempted several times, but not since AD. But in the 17 yrs since I have had thoughts of suicide 2-3 times a week.
It is sad to hear you say that, and I definitely feel for you my friend. It is really hard to say, it depends on the Rater in most cases. All the experts on here can tell you that the CFR Ratings specifically states this or that, but in the end the RO, C&P Docs, and VA will do what they want whether we agree with it or not. That is why the Appeals Back Log is so long. Good luck, God Bless and always feel that you have somewhere to talk.
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