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Disability that is under control. Still get benefits?

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Hello All -

Let's say a veteran has a service connected issue for a spinal condition causing pain at 50%.   Because of the pain and limited mobility, the veteran develops depression which I assume could be a secondary claim to the first condition that caused it.    Veteran gets treated for depression at the VA and put on some anti-depressants that greatly improves their depression.  Veteran needs the pills for life likely.    

Does the veteran still have a disability if treated and under control?  Does the rating change because it is under control?   I guess this question apply to any condition that is treated.     Thank you for your advice.  

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Well, how soon would you like to start getting paid?  That's how long you should wait.  If you want to start getting paid in year 2024, then wait till then to apply.  However, if you would like to start getting paid tommorrow, then apply yesteryear.  

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There is no set standard. The VA will evaluate you when you submit your claim. If your evidence supports, you will be granted. It is always an individual eval of that particular veteran. That said, if you can produce evidence going back "many years" from your own doc, it has to be a positive thing for you. If you have been reading here on Hadit, you need to meet the Caluza Triangle, that is an event or injury in the service, a current diagnosis of the conditions of injury, and a connection  or nexus between the two. My understanding is the VA is more receptive to a diagnosis from  their own docs on mh illnesses, so it would be prudent to continue your treatment sessions with the VA. At some point in time I would ask the VA doc whether or not he/she believes your problems are due at least in part to ...(whatever event or injury you had while in the service. )If they agree, ask them if they could say so in their notes. That would be extremely beneficial to you on any future claim.

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For me I see a doctor through Tricare, I applied after seeing her for two months. All I did was submit a copy of her notes when I applied. I saw a VES doctor (she was actually a veterinarian as well as a psychiatrist) and I was given 50% by the VA. I was just honest during my C&P and told her all my issues, it took about 45 minutes.

But as Bronco states...file now.

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Well the VA psych said when he was prescribing the pills he was going to write it due to back condition, so he already connected it to the existing disability.  

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