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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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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.

Carlie there is not game plan here, her question may not have been phrase right, but

I am Mrs JohnM and emmak's husband is my brother, To make a long story short Leroy has not siad everything when he had his C&P for PTSD, so therefore they only gave him 50%, because he was well dressed, worked all of his life till he no longer could, and his able to function. Yes this is all true like most of us But and that is a big "BUT" that does not mean that there isn't some serious problems mentally with a person, and believe me Leroy has emotional problems and has had for many many years. Most IMO Doctors do not Know about PTSD and Do not want to commit to any words of "At least likely" because they don't understand what it means what emmak needs to know is how to explain to doctors on writting a letter in support of. She needs to know on how to get Leroy to open up, She needs to know on how to get the Doctors to understand that he his not telling them everything.

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enmark & John M,

My reply concerning a game plan was not directed towards you or Leroy. My reply was inresponse to

other posts within the thread. If Leroy is SC at 50% now concerning just the PTSD part and has an appeal in for an increase, these are the criteria to be met for the different percentages.

If you don't already have this information I hope it is helpful to you.

Good luck on the claim,

carlie

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-....78&idno=38

General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders:

Total occupational and social impairment, due to 100

such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought

processes or communication; persistent delusions

or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior;

persistent danger of hurting self or others;

intermittent inability to perform activities of

daily living (including maintenance of minimal

personal hygiene); disorientation to time or

place; memory loss for names of close relatives,

own occupation, or own name.......................

Occupational and social impairment, with 70

deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school,

family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, due

to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation;

obsessional rituals which interfere with routine

activities; speech intermittently illogical,

obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or

depression affecting the ability to function

independently, appropriately and effectively;

impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked

irritability with periods of violence); spatial

disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and

hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful

circumstances (including work or a worklike

setting); inability to establish and maintain

effective relationships...........................

Occupational and social impairment with reduced 50

reliability and productivity due to such symptoms

as: flattened affect; circumstantial,

circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic

attacks more than once a week; difficulty in

understanding complex commands; impairment of

short- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of

only highly learned material, forgetting to

complete tasks); impaired judgment; impaired

abstract thinking; disturbances of motivation and

mood; difficulty in establishing and maintaining

effective work and social relationships...........

Occupational and social impairment with occasional 30

decrease in work efficiency and intermittent

periods of inability to perform occupational tasks

(although generally functioning satisfactorily,

with routine behavior, self-care, and conversation

normal), due to such symptoms as: depressed mood,

anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly or

less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory

loss (such as forgetting names, directions, recent

events)...........................................

Occupational and social impairment due to mild or 10

transient symptoms which decrease work efficiency

and ability to perform occupational tasks only

during periods of significant stress, or; symptoms

controlled by continuous medication...............

A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but 0

symptoms are not severe enough either to interfere

with occupational and social functioning or to

require continuous medication.....................

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:o FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH,THANKS TO ALL AND ESPECIALLY1968 ARMY VV AND PETE FOR THE INFORMATION. BERTA, I WASN'T ABLE TO OPEN ATTACHMENTS BUT WHEN MY COMPUTER IS FIXED I HOPE TO GO BACK AND OPEN THEM. I NOW CAN AT LEAST SIT DOWN AND HELP LEROY PUT HIS OWN INFORMATION TOGETHER FOR HIS APPEAL. HE DOES NOT HAVE TO LIE ABOUT ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!! NINE YEARS ARMY, ONE YEAR VIETNAM (COMBAT, DEMOLITION,MINE WAREFARE AND CORP OF ENGINEERS. IN GERMANY DURING THE BERLIN CRISIS, AND ON STANDBY DURING THE CUBEN CRISIS. SEVERAL MEDALS TO INCLUDE THE BRONZE STAR.HE DIDN'T GET THEM FOR NOTHING!!! HE WAS LUCKY, HE CAME HOME MESSED UP BUT ALIVE.

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emmak:

Thanks for helping your spouse with his claim. The most unfair thing is that the VA expects Veterans who have a problem to jump through their hoops. In my mind they should be helping the Vet get all that is due not making it impossible.

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Pete 53 said, “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.”

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

I agree with the statements above. One of the things I like about hadit is that we can share information, and offer advice that is normally sound. If someone happens to make a mistake another person will come around with the right information.

It is one thing to advise a veteran to present himself on the day of the exam as if this were his worse day, or not to jump on the exam table, or not to say, I feel fine. This is because the examiner will write down everything you say or do. Some times when a veteran says I feel fine, he really means I feel fine.. but.. and never gets the but out. It is important for the examiner to understand our worst day and if we present ourselves at an exam on our best day we do our self an injustice. I also realize that some veterans claims are denied or do not grant the award the veteran thinks he deserves. This is why there is an appeals process, and my experience is that this process usually works well.

At the same time, it is not necessary to write a book on how to get the perfect claim approved, or to lay out detailed instructions for a veteran to follow. The only thing that all approved claims have in common is valid medical records and a perhaps a valid IMO. No two veterans are alike and no two claims are alike. Examiners see right through those that present them in any way that is not their normal self.

Case in Point: A while ago while going to a C&P exam in Winston-Salem, my wife and I stopped to get a cup of coffee. When I was told the price I found I was two cents short (and didn't want to break a $20 bill). I said to the clerk, I'll be right back, (I was going to get the two cents out of my car ashtray). But before I could get out the door, a large, tall, well dressed man said here and handed me to cents. I thanked him and paid for the coffee. I left feeling what a nice guy.

When I completed my exam and left the doctors office, I saw this same large, tall, well dressed man, but he did not look the same. He was sitting in a wheelchair, wearing dirty jeans and a torn shirt. His hair was mussed as if he had never combed it. I don't know what his claim was about. I don't know if it was approved or not. I suspect someone must have advised him to get in that wheelchair and look like a bum. It is likely that the C&P examiner saw through the act, if not this veteran will surly get caught down the road. When ever I think of this veteran I don't think about the nice guy that gave me the two pennies, I think what a phony that guy was. The point people are watching you if you don't think so, just look around.

Finally, remember you are responsible for your claim, how you present it will be a determining factor in the approval or denial. How you present yourself at an exam is just as equally important. For what it is worth, take all the information and advice you can get but be true to yourself.

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