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Hello I am a 27 years army vet. I got out in 2010. I started having panic attacks in 2011. The emergency room gave me Klondike and later my personal physician put me on celexa. I started going to the VA in 2015 because the panic attacks got worst. My VA psychiatrist diagnosed me with combat related Anxiety and a mood disorder not PTSD. He states that Criteria E/F on the PTSD scale is on going and combat related next he states the anxiety is combat related in the assessment. Every time I go there he writes something like stress reaction is causing mixed reaction/combat related. A VA psychologist sent me for Psychotherapy for "combat related Anxiety". The VA have me on 4 other PTSD medication so, put in a claim for both anxiety and PTSD. Their is nothing in my military record for any of these disorders, but every time I go to the VA they said that It is combat related. I have a C & P exam next week with a DR shriver for my PTSD claim. I am wondering how would that go over if nothing is in my service records but the three VA doctors that I have seen so far said Combat related Anxiety?
Make sure the examiner reads your VA Medical records, take anything favorable to your exam like med records and notes of what the VA psychiatrist Mention, if you need to write down all your symptoms and how it effects your daily life and take them notes with you to your exam either give it to the examiner or read them to him/her...you want to try to get a complete exam and present all your evidence that you can. mostly how it effects your everyday life.
look at the 38 CFR for mental health disorders, this is how they will rate your depression. pick out the things that pertain to you and MAKE SURE YOU FOCUS ON THOSE THINGS MORE THAN OTHERS WHEN DESCRIBING YOUR SYMPTOMS.
General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders
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