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Can you please ballpark my rating?

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Hello all!

So the long and short of my story is that I have bipolar disorder. My doctor checked 100% service-connected (diathesis-stress theory and all). I can't drive after 7pm and try not to drive after 6:00pm due to medication side effects (clumsiness from Seroquel and confusion from Lamictal). In the last 2 years, I have probably driven after 7pm about 10-15 times. I tried switching to Vraylar and it was gosh-awful. I mean, you know, people here know. The worst... Anyway, I have failed out of school for the last 4 semesters despite being of average smarts. I have lost 2 very good friends due to my manic states (one was my best friend for 8 years, the other was my 2nd best Army buddy). During the Winter I am usually totally "combat ineffective", as in I can barely leave the house, and do laundry every 3 weeks (instead of every week) and shower every 3 days. I also go for groceries probably every 5 weeks instead of every 3. 

I am submitting my claim through the DAV and my doctor has checked off deficiencies in: "work, school, family relations, thinking, mood" on one of their special forms.

Anyway, I know, it's just a lot of wah, wah, wah on my part (and I'm sorry to the vets who are straight-up paralyzed), and don't get me wrong, I am very lucky to not be a Vietnam vet who has been wronged, or a vet who has lost both both arms... but, can anyone guess what my rating will be? I will not hold it againstanyone even remotely. My C&P exam is on Wednesday and I am pretty anxious. I expect to hear my rating in about 3 months.
I think I will be placed at 70%. Any "wake up calls" or advice is welcome.

Best regards,
Hemi

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So the C & P exam is specifically for BiPolar?

Does VA have ( by obtaining those records for you) or by your own submission of them- the private doctor's records on your bi polar?

Do you have a concrete nexus to your service for this condition? Such as were you diagnosed inservice with this disability?

I will try to find your other posts because there isnt much info here.

A good friend of mine had NSC bipolar and finally filed a claim. The claim took over 10 years.

I helped him get the info he needed. He had a manic episode inservice that the Navy did not understand ( in the late 1960s) and they threw him into the brig for it.

Long story. I knew his VA shrink (same one my husband had and who gave me grief counselling after my husband died) I presented the evidence I found in his STRs and Personnel file - evidence of the brig incident and the shrink wrote an excellent nexus statement for him which he presnted to the VA prior to their decision or maybe it just turned up in his records when the BVA read his appeal.

He went from nada SC to 100% P & T SC at the BVA. His retro was almost 1/4 of a million.

He also had been on SSDI for bi polar for many many years.

The wife became his fiduciary, which made sense to him ,as he might have spent it all in a very short timeframe.

I felt they even owed him more retro so I wrote a CUE for him but I dont know the status as he moved and never called me again.

 

 

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@Buck52 @broncovet @Hamslice

I have a nexus letter where my psychiatrist checked the 100% box for service-connection probability. Sorry I didn't include that in my main post.

Thanks to all of you for giving me some kind of ballpark to work with. I hope you all have a good week.

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He didn't give a disability percentage, just the probability of service-connection at 100%. He's a private psychiatrist.

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