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C&P Exam Diagnosis


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Greetings,

On my current pending claim, I applied for Anxiety, which I already have a diagnosis and was taking medication. During my C&P exam, the physc doctor said that I had PTSD, depression, and insomnia. Seems to make sense why the medication I was taking was not very effective. Do you think that I will get a rating for the other conditions that was found during my C&P exam or will I have to file another claim? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.  

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wja5856 The VA is supposed to evaluate your symptoms and provide you the highest possible ratings. That is what they are supposed to do. It isn't what they often do. Be sure you take a copy of your diagnosis with you and ask the examiner if they have seen it and/or would like to have a copy. They don't have to take it and don't push it on them. The rater is supposed to see your complete file, the examiner doesn't have to. If your diagnosis was from a VA doc, you could download it before your exam and it would be there for the examiner to see. But I believe it also opens up your file that may show additional personal info as well, so consider if you want that to happen. If your diagnosis is from a private doc (non-VA) I believe they don't want to consider it, but do their own analysis for MH conditions. Other Hadit member have personal experiences that they can talk to that can advise. Some of your conditions are the same symptoms for different disabilities. Depression may have some of the same as PTSD, so the VA won't give you a disability twice for the same symptom; it is called pyramiding. So you have to show other factors so they don't dismiss multiple symptoms as causing your disabilities.Your diagnosis for depression, for example, has to show you have symptoms that are seperate and exclusive of your other disability symptoms for PTSD. You are going to have to go to the C&P and see what shakes out. Review your decision letter then develop you plan for what is next IMO.

 

 

 

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