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I HAVE A HEARING COMING UP SOON ON MY PTSD APPEAL. I WANT TO GO TO A PSYCHRIST FOR A MEDICAL OPONION. HOW OR WHAT DO I TELL THE DOCTOR THAT WILL HELP ME AND CAN ANYONE GIVE ME ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT I SHOULD KNOW?

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Please read the comments made by all very carefully. Do not cut and paste someone else's input unless it fits you. The VA C&P will look at the evidence that you are offering and ask questions so make sure that what you write is you.

It is very dangerous and not a good idea to lie or make up answers or use someone else's answers to help your claim. A good shrink can spot someone who is not being honest almost in a heart beat.

Most people who have PTSD have a hard time being candid with someone that did not serve or is new to them. They either withdraw or brighten up considerable.

Answer the questions as asked. Go slow and don't do a lot of elaborating. If you have studied about PTSD and know it better than an MD its probably not a good idea to use medical terminology or big words. If you get SSD bring a copy of the award letter.

Several here have been stung by dressing up for the interview If I was going to a C&P and I am on Feb 20th, I will not shave for a couple of days and I will wear the clothes that I slept in the night before. Its not a scam that is the way I am some of the time. When asked a question I will answer truthfully but I will answer how I usually feel at home not that I am happy for a chance to finally get my claim farther down the road.

I rarely leave my house but I go to almost all my Doctor appointments. Sometimes we put off shopping for days and even weeks. Sometimes I go every day. I worry about stuff constantly so if I am asked I will tell my circumstances and not someone else's.

I don't think about suicide that often but I do think about killing people who bug me at the VA. If they ask about that I like to watch how the person asking the question takes it. I am pretty much a grouchy bear who loves his family and adores his grand daughters.

I don't think I know of any cases where someone who suffers from PTSD was cured but I know a lot of people who are better because of meds and therapy.

Once the wires get crossed up not much of a chance of working but I hope that any who want to are given the opportunity.

Sorry for the rant but in the end you need to be yourself but know something about your illness.

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TO ALL OF YOU WHO SUFFER FROM PTSD, MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF YOU. lEROY'S STORY IS YOUR STORY. IT TOOK 10 YEARS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS WRONG WITH LEROY AND ANOTHER 28 YEARS FOR ME TO CONFRONT HIM WITH WHAT WAS WRONG WITH HIM. HE WOULD NOT TALK ABOUT ANYTHING AND VIETNAM WAS A WORD NEVER SPOKEN IN OUR HOME BUT BELIEVE ME THE WHOLE FAMILY SUFFERED HORRIBLY BY THE ACTIONS HE DISPLAYED. WHEN I SOUGHT HELP FOR HIM STARTING WITH OUR MEDICAL DOCTOR HE WAS PLACED ON ANTIDEPERSENTS. THIS OPENED THE DOOR FOR HIM TO JUST SAY A LITTLE AND FOR ME TO GO TO THE VA FOR HIM TO GET HELP. I HAD NO IDEA OF WHAT C&P WAS. PART OF OUR PROBLEM IS THAT LEROY HAS NOT ADMITTED ALL AND IT IS COMING OUT IN BITS AND PIECES. EXAMPLE, OUR FIRST APPOINTMENT LEFT ME STUNNED WHEN LEROY ADMITTED FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR HIM TO SEE FACES OF THE DEAD SOLDIERS. MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS " HE SEES THINGS THAT AREN'T THERE" AT HIS COMP AND PEN THEY ASK HIM A QUESTION CONCERNING SEEING THINGS AND HE ANSWERED NO. I GUESS THE GOOD THING ABOUT ALL OF THIS IS THAT SLOW BUT SURE THINGS ARE COMING TO THE SURFACE. I JUST WONDER WHAT ELSE IS HIDDEN. WHEN ASK IF HE HAD BECOME VIOLENT WITH ME HE SAID NO WHICH IS TRUE BUT HE WAS VERY BAD WITH OTHER PEOPLE. IF WAS AS IF ONLY PART OF THE QUESTION WAS ADDRESSES. ONE THING FOR SURE, HE DOSEN'T HAVE TO LIE ABOUT ANYTHING NOR WOULD HE. I AM GOING TO HELP HIM IN PREPERATION FOR THE APPEAL OTHERWISE IT WOULDN'T GET DONE. NOW! HOW MANY OF YOU PEOPLE WOULD NOT OR COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOUR SPOUSE OR BEST FRIEND TO HELP YOU? THANKS, I FEEL BETTER NOW.

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Excellent posts, all! I really liked Army's outline, simple straight-forward and to the point. I have two problems; when I see a private Dr. and get a diagnosis, I take the statement to the VA and THEY REFUSE TO PUT IT IN MY MEDICAL FILE. Makes me so mad. The second is getting a local Psychiatrist to see me for an IMO. The minute they find out that I am a disabled veteran, they refuse to treat me, saying that I can get treatment at the VA and they don't want to interfer with that.

Any one know of a psychiatrist in the Phoenix, AZ area that does IMOs?

jaz

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Jay- the medopinions guys might be able to help you-

I dont know where they are based from- I forget- but their link is here at hadit up top where they advertise---

I emailed them via their link-a few months ago-and within a few hours they called me and asked a little about what I needed- an opinion that an Oral Pathologist could write based on my husband's medical evidence, proving he had undiagnosed diabetes.

Their fee was higher than Dr. Bash ( $2,000 for each IMO he gave me) but then when they heard what evidence I had, 3 IMos already -that support my claim on another medical basis -as well as the actual med records -not many needed for this-maybe 5 records -tops- and also I had treatises from Oral Pathology schools on the same condition-

he lowered the price by 400 bucks- and said they could do it in 5 days-

I asked him if they do psychiatric opinions like this- with the veterans complete records and he said they do those IMOs too and have done many regarding VA claims.

I prepared the IMO cover letter and copied all the evidence already and dont know if I need this IMO yet or not-

I covered this particular evidence in my remand request at the BVA-sending them a few records on it-(ignored by VARO for years)

and perhaps that highlighted this very probative manifestation of undiagnosised diabetes for 6 years in Rod's med recs that only one doctor recognized as due to DMII because it appears they are working on the remand now.

I believe there are other IM0 doctors on the net as well as Dr. Bash and Medopinions.

I even suggested to a local vet to try to contact a doctor that was mentioned in a BVA decision-

who had supported a similiar claim with an IMO that awarded it-

all we had was the doctor's name in the BVA decision and we knew the locale of the VARO-

and the vet was going to google the doc to see what came up.

dont know the results of that yet-

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To continue repeating stressful military experience does not meet the diagnostic criteria.

The "game plan" of this entire post is getting a bit too well laid out for me to be comfortable with.

The vet has to know what evidence their doctors, whether va or IMO, are presenting, and what

diagnostic code they fall into. I agree that many times vets have to claw their way thru this system

and admit - I am one of those vets.

jmho,

carlie

Diagnostic criteria for 309.81 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

A. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present: (1) the person experienced witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of others (2) the person's response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror. Note: In children, this may be expressed instead by disorganized or agitated behavior.

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