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PTSD C&P Exam Complete with MH Dr. Comments


Any feedback would be greatly appreciated here. 

Below the reader will find my most recent (5 years since retirement) C&P Exam comments from the Doctor.  

Currently, I am 100% SC'd since retirement.  

If anyone would make a stab at these comments and provide me with some insight on how things look for future ratings???


Again, THANK ANYONE for taking the time to provide his/her opinion!!!



DATE OF NOTE: OCT 20, 2017@10:00 ENTRY DATE: OCT 20, 2017@10:57:04

Review Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Disability Benefits Questionnaire
Name of patient/Veteran: *****
Is this DBQ being completed in conjunction with a VA 21-2507, C&P

[X] Yes [ ] No
1. Diagnostic Summary
Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with PTSD?
[X] Yes [ ] No

2. Current Diagnoses
a. Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
b. Medical diagnoses relevant to the understanding or management of the
Mental Health Disorder (to include TBI):
No response provided.

3. Differentiation of symptoms
a. Does the Veteran have more than one mental disorder diagnosed?
[ ] Yes [X] No
c. Does the Veteran have a diagnosed traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
[ ] Yes [ ] No [X] Not shown in records reviewed

4. Occupational and social impairment
a. Which of the following best summarizes the Veteran's level of
occupational and social impairment with regards to all mental diagnoses? (Check only
[X] Occupational and social impairment with deficiencies in most areas,
such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking and/or
b. For the indicated level of occupational and social impairment, is it
possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social
impairment indicated above is caused by each mental disorder?
[ ] Yes [ ] No [X] No other mental disorder has been diagnosed
c. If a diagnosis of TBI exists, is it possible to differentiate what
portion of the occupational and social impairment indicated above is caused by
the TBI?
[ ] Yes [ ] No [X] No diagnosis of TBI

Clinical Findings:
1. Evidence Review
Evidence reviewed (check all that apply):
[X] VA e-folder (VBMS or Virtual VA)

2. Recent History (since prior exam)
a. Relevant Social/Marital/Family history:
Veteran stated that he is married to his 3rd wife of 1 month. He
stated that his wife is older than him, he cares for her and she takes care
of veteran and his daughter. Veteran stated that they had dated 1.5 to 2
Veteran reported having one child, who is 15 years of age.
Veteran stated that he gained primary physical custody in **/****
because his child and her mother were not getting along. Veteran
described his relationship with his child as "real rough."
He explained that the child is very loving and affectionate and child wants to
hug veteran a lot. He said that he is not comfortable with physical or
emotional affection.
Veteran indicated that he has no good friends. He said that he is
friends with a friend from high school, a cousin and someone he served
with. Veteran stated that he speaks with these people via phone
b. Relevant Occupational and Educational history:
Veteran stated that the only time that he has worked since his last
PTSD C&P exam in 07/2012 was he worked from 08/2016 through 11/2016
in personal security in Baghdad. He said that the situation was anxiety
provoking and he had problems with concentration and stress that led
to him quitting the job.
Veteran reported that he took classes through *** and ******
University online in 2015 to study *****. He said that he took 2-3
classes but dropped out because it was too stressful and was not
interesting for veteran.
c. Relevant Mental Health history, to include prescribed medications and
family mental health:
Veteran was treated PTSD through the VA with Duloxetine in 2013. He
had an initial assessment at the Murfreesboro VAMC on 06/13/2014. He was
diagnosed with PTSD and MDD with a GAF of 60 and was prescribed
Cymbalta and Trazadone. He was last seen by mental health through the
VA on 04/27/2015. There is documentation of veteran not showing for 2
appts after that.
Veteran stated that he went to see a mental health provider on 4-6
occasions at ******* in ***** around 2014. He said that he was
treated with medication and psychotherapy. He said that he stopped
going because he did not feel that it was helpful.

Veteran denied taking any medications or other mental health treatment
at the time of this exam. He said that he was told by the Murfreesboro
and Nashville VAs that they were not able to see veteran because of
lack of available resources.
d. Relevant Legal and Behavioral history:
Veteran denied since his last exam in 2012.
e. Relevant Substance abuse history:
Veteran reported drinking alcohol nightly, 2 beers per night. He
illicit drug use.
f. Other, if any:
No response provided.
3. PTSD Diagnostic Criteria
Please check criteria used for establishing the current PTSD diagnosis. The
diagnostic criteria for PTSD, are from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5). The stressful event can be due to
combat, personal trauma, other life threatening situations (non-combat
related stressors). Do NOT mark symptoms below that are clearly not
attributable to the Criterion A stressor/PTSD. Instead, overlapping
symptoms clearly attributable to other things should be noted under #6 - "Other

Criterion A: Exposure to actual or threatened a) death, b) serious
c) sexual violence, in one or more of the following ways:
[X] Directly experiencing the traumatic event(s)
[X] Witnessing, in person, the traumatic event(s) as they
occurred to others
[X] Learning that the traumatic event(s) occurred to a close
family member or close friend; cases of actual or
threatened death must have been violent or accidental;
or, experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to aversive
details of the traumatic events(s) (e.g., first
responders collecting human remains; police officers repeatedly
exposed to details of child abuse); this does not apply
to exposure through electronic media, television, movies, or
pictures, unless this exposure is work related.

Criterion B: Presence of (one or more) of the following intrusion
associated with the traumatic event(s), beginning after the
traumatic event(s) occurred:
[X] Recurrent, involuntary, and intrusive distressing
of the traumatic event(s).
[X] Recurrent distressing dreams in which the content and/or
affect of the dream are related to the traumatic
[X] Intense or prolonged psychological distress at exposure
to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an
aspect of the traumatic event(s).
[X] Marked physiological reactions to internal or external
cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the
traumatic event(s).

Criterion C: Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the
traumatic event(s), beginning after the traumatic events(s) occurred,
as evidenced by one or both of the following:
[X] Avoidance of or efforts to avoid distressing memories,
thoughts, or feelings about or closely associated with
the traumatic event(s).
[X] Avoidance of or efforts to avoid external reminders
(people, places, conversations, activities, objects,
situations) that arouse distressing memories, thoughts,
or feelings about or closely associated with the traumatic

Criterion D: Negative alterations in cognitions and mood associated with
the traumatic event(s), beginning or worsening after the
traumatic event(s) occurred, as evidenced by two (or more)
of the following:
[X] Persistent and exaggerated negative beliefs or
expectations about oneself, others, or the world (e.g.,
"I am bad,: "No one can be trusted,: "The world is
completely dangerous,: "My whole nervous system is permanently
[X] Persistent, distorted cognitions about the cause or
consequences of the traumatic event(s) that lead the
individual to blame himself/herself or others.
[X] Persistent negative emotional state (e.g., fear, horror,
anger, guilt, or shame).
[X] Markedly diminished interest or participation in
significant activities.
[X] Feelings of detachment or estrangement from others.
[X] Persistent inability to experience positive emotions
(e.g., inability to experience happiness, satisfaction,
or loving feelings.)

Criterion E: Marked alterations in arousal and reactivity associated with
the traumatic event(s), beginning or worsening after the
traumatic event(s) occurred, as evidenced by two (or more)
of the following:
[X] Irritable behavior and angry outbursts (with little or no
provocation) typically expressed as verbal or physical
aggression toward people or objects.
[X] Hypervigilance.
[X] Exaggerated startle response.
[X] Problems with concentration.
[X] Sleep disturbance (e.g., difficulty falling or staying
asleep or restless sleep).

Criterion F:
[X] The duration of the symptoms described above in Criteria
B, C, and D are more than 1 month.

Criterion G:
[X] The PTSD symptoms described above cause clinically
significant distress or impairment in social,
occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

Criterion H:
[X] The disturbance is not attributable to the physiological
effects of a substance (e.g., medication, alcohol) or
another medical condition.

4. Symptoms
For VA rating purposes, check all symptoms that actively apply to the
Veteran's diagnoses:
[X] Depressed mood
[X] Anxiety
[X] Suspiciousness
[X] Panic attacks more than once a week
[X] Chronic sleep impairment
[X] Mild memory loss, such as forgetting names, directions or recent
[X] Impairment of short- and long-term memory, for example, retention of
only highly learned material, while forgetting to complete tasks
[X] Disturbances of motivation and mood
[X] Difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social
[X] Difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances, including work or
a worklike setting

5. Behavioral observations
Veteran was on time for his exam. He was somewhat agitated and anxious
throughout the exam. He was cooperative and responsive to questions
Veteran was oriented x4 with logical and linear thought processes. He was
oriented x4 with logical and linear thought processes. He had a limited
affective range but his affect was not flat.
6. Other symptoms
Does the Veteran have any other symptoms attributable to PTSD (and other
mental disorders) that are not listed above?
[ ] Yes [X] No
7. Competency
Is the Veteran capable of managing his or her financial affairs?
[X] Yes [ ] No
8. Remarks, (including any testing results) if any:
Veteran was able to understand and successfully carry out complex
commands. There was no evidence of significantly Impaired judgment. He
denied Suicidal ideation and impaired impulse control in the past year.
Veteran stated that he keeps up with his personal hygiene and appearance
and is able to complete all of his activities of daily living.

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Looks like a 70 & rating to me.

Don't let them law-ball ya!

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4 hours ago, Grumpbox said:

Currently, I am 100% SC'd since retirement. 

if you are already 100% S.C.  and this new PTSD claim is a new condition or your just now getting around to claiming it  if you get 70%

you should be inferred to the SMC S H.B.  That's an additional 347.00 a month more on top your 100%  and if you have dependents  then add to the 347.00 per dependent. ( not sure what a dependent is) about 125 /150 $$per dependent I think? but not 100% sure.

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That’s what I was afraid some might say!  That puts me JUST BARELY AT 100% considering my other ratings, combined.  I mean, just barely!  If they bump my PTSD to 50%, then I drop to 90%, which is a $1300.00 difference! 


thank you for your senior input!!

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its not a new claim. I was medical retired under the MED/PEB. All ratings were VA/DOD SC’d.

currently receive SMC for ED. H.B. Though?—don’t think they’d go that far and give me that.

Depentents: just got married in Sept this year...see doctors notes on marital situation.  Plus, I have on child dependent.

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