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Update on PTSD/MST Claim


I was scheduled for an appointment with a VA psychologist and the below are her results, which is seems to conflict the C and P examiner ...... any feedback is appreciated


Military History

Branch (years of service): MST: yes

PHQ-9: 19 (moderate)
GAD-7: 16 (severe)
AUDIT-C: 5 (above threshold)


Anxiety Disorder, unsp
MDD, recurrent, moderate


Depression Monitoring (PHQ-9) 2017:
Depression Screen:
PHQ9 Screening
A PHQ-9 screen was performed. The score was 19 which is suggestive
of moderately severe depression.


PTSD Screening:
PTSD Screen:
PTSD Screening
A PTSD screening test (PC-PTSD) was positive (score=4).

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Sir, I am not sure what your asking here? but according to your C&P Exam and assuming the Examiner was Qualified to render his/her opinion, Credential wise (it's always better to have a Forensic PTSD C&P Examiner to be a Physiatrist/psychologist )

if this is your first claim for Mental Health..or increase for MH either way it looks like to me they will rate you at least 70% and maybe 100%.

but from what I read is it looks like a 70% Rating...However they can rate you with Depression MDD  that could change things as for as how they rate you!

   but a 70%  Unspecified Anxiety Disorder (For PTSD) Is my opinion

Please Note: MST is considered to be in the PTSD Disorder Area per say' depending on your symptoms.

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@Army Major - Good Luck with your claim.

Remember each VISIT whether it be a C& P or MH - Stands alone - meaning - your individual visit is based on the observations by the clinician / reports made by you.

They are then presented - reported in your chart - Subjectively( meaning how the Psychologist interprets it). 

It is not contradictory in a sense - I understand what your meaning is but.... The Psychologist did not interpret the information in the same way. ( Perspective) 

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Buck, I disagree with you-

but that is because I think this regards the other exam , in this  veteran's other post ,here under a Different topic.

The C & P exam he posted in it's entirety states:

"Based upon your review of the evidence, please provide a medical opinion as
to whether the MST stressor event described by the Veteran is at least as
likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) supported by and consistent
with the in-service marker evidence. Please provide a rationale for the
opinion and list the marker evidence used to arrive at your decision.

It is markers and other evidence that would warrant a medical opinion re: PTSD from MST.

Whatever the VA psychologist did at that appoinment, it seems to be a Copy-paste of  part of the C & P exam...in the other post.???






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This is the other post:


L gave excellent indfo from her own personal experience with VA and this type of claim.

A diagnosis of PTSD still will require  proof of markers in your military personnel file, and/or other ways MST can be proven. We have a lot of info here, searchable, as to this type of claim.

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