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I had the VA evaluate me for PTSD and I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I then hired an outside PTSD Psychologist with my own insurance evaluate me and I was diagnosed with moderate PTSD. So now what? Do I get him to type me up a letter of my diagnosis to upload in my files for compensation? 

Also, he’s fine with annotating that I’m diagnosed with Severe PTSD instead, but all of the paperwork have already been sent to my insurance that says Moderate PTSD. So will the VA Compensation guys double check with my insurance or will the letter that says Severe PTSD suffice?

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For over 20 years I have been rated with 70% TDIU PTSD by VA and been thru many C&P Exams by VA psychiatrist and PHd psychologist so from my experience of also filing mostly successful my own claims and appeals here is my info.

In order to be service connected for VA compensation for PTSD you must receive at least one and/or initial diagnosis of PTSD from an actual VA psychiatrist or VA Psychologist with a PHd in Clinical psychology.  Unlike other mental illnesses VA requires this for vets to be service connected.  Having private diagnosis from private doctors is helpful for sure but will not get you SC for PTSD on its own.

However knowledgeable other vets to include former VA raters and DROs and VSOs have said that if a C&P examiner diagnosis you with anxiety instead of PTSD then this is okay as VA will only rate you for one mental illness regardless of what it is called.  Of course the maximum rating for Anxiety may be less than PTSD.

For example PTSD is rated as 30, 50, 70 or 100% only.

My information is not legal advice as I am not an attorney, paralegal or VSO.


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Yes, I would like to see that (policy) challenged in court.  You know, the one where VA requires a VA physician diagnosis of PTSD, not a private doc.  

I mean, gee, VA physicians are often trained in private practice, and private practice physicians are often trained at VA, so that is "arbritrary and capricious".  

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you will have to go to your VA and get the diagnosis from there.  The RO will deny this based on anyone else's opinion.  Follow the advice above, and you can for sure bring those notes from you personal doctor.


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5 hours ago, Dustoff 11 said:

Of course the maximum rating for Anxiety may be less than PTSD

The maximum for PTSD and anxiety are the same.  I have included a letter on PTSD, I do not know it's providence, some of the information is outdated as far as forms and the hyperlinks do not work but it is good information.

va ptsd document.doc

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