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Hello everyone.. I have a comp and pen for PTSD in 2 weeks.. I have verified diagnoses from an LPC and 2 phyc PH.D.  Already took the MMPI2 it also confirmed diagnoses from what my Dr said. The question I have is why would the VA need another diagnoses from a VA phyc? This is strange to me.. Any advice would be great thanks

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Because of the 2010 PTSD regulations, all claims filed  after July 2010 for PTSD require that a VA MH professional diagnose the veteran with PTSD.

If you have the PH, CIB, or the CAR on your DD 214 they VA will possibly concede the stressor you have.

It pays to make sure you can prove the stressor, even with any of those citations.

These regulations were to help OIF -OEF incountry veterans but also can help combat vets of any war...and they apply to non combat veterans as well ,if the JSRRC can verify their stressor.


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You should go see your VAMC MH Dept   (ASAP)

Take your private Medical Records ..& tell the clerk you need to see a LCSW about your PTSD, He/She will do a PTSD Evaulation and you will see a Phd Dr  or Phyisitrist.

It may not work out like this  beings you don't have an appointment but you need to tell the clerk you need to see someone right away b/c of your PTSD  try to get in the clinic and show them your private records .....it maybe to late for this  if you only have 2 weeks before your PTSD C&P.

But you do need a diagnose of DSM5 PTSD from the VA.

If you can't get in to see them and they give you an appointment time, you have 2 choices...either try to get more time  for your C&P or go ahead and go to this one with your private PTSD Diagnose's , if your denied  then NOD the decision and get to that VA MH Appointment.

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Can i get a PTSD diagnosis from a non VA Doctor and if i do, is it accepted? I here a lot that is referenced that a VET see's a VA psyc if you have ptsd. Let me know your thoughts, reason being is, i have a issue with a Neuro Psych that i had seen that totally treated me bad in front of my VA HudVash Social worker who drove me to the appointment and was there for support. I am avoiding going to this Dr. who appears to be the only specialist in the local VAMC. I did see an outside Doc but it was via Choice program and they just did a quick assessment. I also visited a Neuro specialist via choice program who is not a neuro pscy but wrote that i needed CBT for PTSD.. .. Choice program is so mismanaged by the way.. you ask for PTSD help and get a Neurologist instead of Nuero Psyc specialist.. then back through VA... Then Choice program if you are an unfortunate one.

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Due to the 2010 PTSD regulations (which all veterans, all vet reps, and all vet attorneys and  any concerned citizens had ample time to respond to  this proposed regulation  that I gave the link to here 6 years ago)

....the VA Requires a VA MH diagnosis from a VA MH professional, for all PTSD claims filed after that date, July 16, 2010

They will not accept any PTSD diagnosis from a Non VA shrink.

The Federal Register only had 600-800 responses, and only a few of us here tried to fight the MH criteria,which has made it easier by far for OEF vetereans but  very difficult for many non OEF vets.

However a veteran can also claim acquired psychiatric disorder,mood disorder, or anxiety,whether or not  they have a non VA diagnosis of any of these conditions and will get a C & P exam.

The VA will still need ample proof of the inservice nexus or cause of the disorder. 



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