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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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I had a C&P with LHI on 19 Oct. I asked my VSO what the status is, does it look good. The VSO said she would send me the C&P results and i could maybe make a determination. The VSO said the claim would be settled in 4 weeks in December. Sound like she didn't want to give me bad news. What do you think?

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Dude74 I would also add that if it was done in Oct. 19, you don't have to wait to get a heads up. Ask the VSO to get you a copy of the completed C&P exam. It will have what the examiner found and

Dude74 You have good news and bad  news. I had a hard time reading your post, not your problem but mine. I don't know if you are s-c for any MH conditions, but they are saying you have some. If they d

This might be of some help to clear how they rate more than one MH Condition.  honor the Pyramiding Principle, only a single rating can be given for multiple Mental Disorders since it is impossib

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Dude74 You have good news and bad  news. I had a hard time reading your post, not your problem but mine. I don't know if you are s-c for any MH conditions, but they are saying you have some. If they don't give you a disability directly, there is evidence in your file to appeal, saying you meet criteria of DSM-5 for MH disabilities. They are also saying that your request to s-c for insomnia is not approved. Not knowing what you are or aren't already approved for clouds the situation. Insomnia can be a MH symptom. I would wait for your decision letter and see what the results are. I would think you have a chance for appeal for increase and/or new disabilities. But be mindful of pyramiding especial as it relates to MH symptoms.

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Dude74 This is important. Your decision should be coming down soon. Wait for it. If you don't get what you think you should, redact your personal info and post it to this link. We can advise. You may need to get some of your own doc evaluation of your MH condition. If the it is s-c, then possibly not. Depends on how much you are low-balled. Lets us know.

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This might be of some help to clear how they rate more than one MH Condition.

 honor the Pyramiding Principle, only a single rating can be given for multiple Mental Disorders since it is impossible to separate the symptoms. Instead, multiple Mental Disorders will be rated using all of the symptoms combined together. The VA will choose the single code they feel best defines the dominant Mental Disorder, and all the symptoms will be used together to rate the condition on the Psychological Rating System. (see The Mental Disorders Ratings page for details).

Mental Disorder Ratings

The VASRD offers ratings for the following Mental Disorders:

If a Mental Disorders is not directly listed, it is rated under the code that best describes it or its dominant symptoms.

It’s important to note that some Mental Disorders, like personality disorders and learning disabilities are not eligible for military disability (see the Mental Disorder Ratings page).

How will the VA rate my mental disorders?

The VA uses the rules of the VASRD to rate mental disorders based on the symptoms that they cause. Check out our Mental Disorder Ratings page for the exact codes and ratings.

Does my anxiety qualify for VA Disability?

The VA can only rate conditions that meet some type of service-connection requirement or be on the VA's Presumptive List. As long as your anxiety is service-connected, it qualifies for VA Disability.

Are my conditions eligible for a rating?

Your conditions are eligible to be rated by the VA if they are the result of your military service. You must be able to show proof of service-connection for each condition. For the DoD, they will rate your service-connected conditions as long as they also make you Unfit for Duty.

How do I apply to receive my ratings?

If you are still in the military, then you can request your military physician to refer you to the MEB and start the IDES process. If you are already a veteran, you can submit a VA Disability Claim along with evidence of service-connection and all medical records regarding the conditions on the claim.

If my claim is approved, what benefits will I receive?

If you are rated 20% or less from the DoD, then you will receive a single separation payment. If you are rated 30% or more, you will receive full retirement benefits. From the VA, you will receive a monthly payment as well as full medical care from the VA for the qualifying conditions.

How long does it take to receive my disability benefits?

Brand new claims usually take 3-6 months to process. Once processed, you will start receiving payments in 1-3 months.

How are the rating percentages assigned to my conditions?

The rules of the VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) are used to assign rating percentages to conditions. The VASRD gives rating rules for conditions based on their symptoms, treatment options, and the resulting level of disability they cause.

My conditions have worsened. How do I increase my rating percentages?

If your conditions have worsened since you last applied and now qualify for a higher rating, you can submit a new claim, checking the box for an increased evaluation.


Here is the rating criteria formula for mental health disorders=

General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders

Total occupational and social impairment, due to 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. 100
Occupational and social impairment, with 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. 70
Occupational and social impairment with reduced 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. 50
Occupational and social impairment with occasional 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). 30
Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational tasks only during periods of significant stress, or symptoms controlled by continuous medication. 10
A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social functioning or to require continuous medication. 0



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