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Should I fight for PTSD?

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Hello everyone. 

Some background info:

  1. I have a 70% SC rating for  Major depression
  2. I'm diagnosed with Major depression and unspecified anxiety disorder.

My LCSW said that I suffer from PTSD and that my depression and anxiety are all symptoms of it. She was baffled as to why the VA has not added PTSD to my problems list. 

Should I even bother with getting this changed to PTSD , or hold what I got? 

 

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14 hours ago, Fearless said:

My LCSW said that I suffer from PTSD

The real question is do you feel you have PTSD?

On the discussion between MDD and PTSD which is better?

in one sense those of us with either or both (yeah me!) are the losers no matter what our rating is.

That said, the VA, and really no other place on the planet, does have a leaning in favor of PTSD in terms of ratings.

MDD, depression and anxiety conditions can certainly reach 100%... but the barriers are hard to climb.

PTSD folk usually get PTSD,, anxiety, depression, bi-polar and about 8 other conditions as a package deal. It's kinda like a chinese menu. 1 from column A two from Column B type thing.

With the lean into PTSD VA raters demonstrate a willingness to rate higher and bump faster with PTSD than just an MDD like depression.

The PDR and Docs like to try and "chemically cure" depression, anxiety etc. and in my experience get testy when you say no to Better Living Through Chemistry (old folks know that as the DuPont Chemicals slogan in their ads just before the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday Nights. ....DERP>

For PTSD'rs if we refuse Chemicals they tsk a little but don't push or sneer at you. that may be fear or just acceptance on their part...who knows?

So at least in my opinion, file for the PTSD if you have the Caluzza Triangle for the rating, then go for it!

 

 

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@Buck52

I'm dx with Major depression, recurrent with psychotic features & unspecified anxiety disorder 

@GeekySquid

I didn't think that I had PTSD because I never saw combat. My LCSW explained to me that combat was not the only way someone could get PTSD, and that I fit the criteria  for non combat PTSD. I still feel a little denial, but everything we discuss during therapy points to PTSD. The funny thing is that she dx me with PTSD and the shrink says it is not true PTSD because I never saw combat. He says I experienced trauma, but doesn't want to call it PTSD. 

Thanks all for the response.

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50 minutes ago, Fearless said:

he shrink says it is not true PTSD because I never saw combat.

your LCSW is right and the shrink is a jackass.

PTSD is not limited to being shot, shot down, or having you buddies blown up in front of you.

If they put that in a PTSD denial you would all the ammunition you need to get that award reversed

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1 hour ago, GeekySquid said:

your LCSW is right and the shrink is a jackass.

PTSD is not limited to being shot, shot down, or having you buddies blown up in front of you.

If they put that in a PTSD denial you would all the ammunition you need to get that award reversed

exactly, I had a psychiatrist at the VA tell me that MST doesn't happen anymore that the military "fixed" that........I walked out of her office and got a never psychiatrist at another VA facility.  I had MST flagged in my records for a very long time, I had already been diagnosed with PTSD and have more than mh diagnoses and she was one of the worst providers I have ever seen.  Don't put up with providers dismissing you, it isn't okay, ever.  Non combat ptsd is far more common than many are aware of.

 

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If you have 70% for major depression you can easily get TDIU which is almost as good as 100% rating.  Are you able to work?  The thing about depression is that is usually very treatable whereas chronic PTSD is not so treatable.   The VA does tend to see many claims for mental problems as a claim for PTSD.  If you get a rating for TDIU or 100% and you get P&T then you are pretty much home free.  I would shoot for that goal is I was totally disable.

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