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I received my decision letter today stating that they lowered my ptsd rating from 70 to 50. They also dropped anxiety and alcohol use. I'm currently pregnant and that is the only reason why I'm not hurting myself but it's only a matter of time before I fall into old habits. I'm doing my best to follow through on therapy with the VA but I don't think I'm getting the best care and I'm afraid once I give birth, I will lose everything like I have in the past because of my ptsd. I feel like the VA isn't listening to my fears and I will keep wash, rinsing, and repeating myself. I want to appeal but I honestly hate talking about my ptsd every single time. What should I do?

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OK, I had to change some of my post. If you have a medical opinion that your service connected mental health keeps you from being employed and you are unemployable due to your service connected disabi

We really need to see the Redacted copy (minus your information) as the VA loves to put little things in there and are hoping you miss them.  Please post this so we can put eyes on it to give the best

Hello, so sorry to hear this. Welcome to Hadit Do you know what prompt them to send you this reduction notice? DID YOU FILE FOR AN increase  OR DID THIS LETTER SUPRISE YOU?AND /OR IS TH

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5 hours ago, paoret82655 said:

I received my decision letter today stating that they lowered my ptsd rating from 70 to 50. They also dropped anxiety and alcohol use. I'm currently pregnant and that is the only reason why I'm not hurting myself but it's only a matter of time before I fall into old habits. I'm doing my best to follow through on therapy with the VA but I don't think I'm getting the best care and I'm afraid once I give birth, I will lose everything like I have in the past because of my ptsd. I feel like the VA isn't listening to my fears and I will keep wash, rinsing, and repeating myself. I want to appeal but I honestly hate talking about my ptsd every single time. What should I do?

Hello, so sorry to hear this.

Welcome to Hadit

Do you know what prompt them to send you this reduction notice?

DID YOU FILE FOR AN increase  OR DID THIS LETTER SUPRISE YOU?AND /OR IS THIS A PREPOSAL TO REDUCE YOUR BENEFITS DUE TO?

Can you put a redacted copy of your decision  letter as to what they mention in the decision letter to reduce you? (BLACK OUT ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION  NAME CLAIM # ADDRESS ECT,,,ECT,,,) 

Have you Improved or shown any improvements with your PTSD? And are you going to treatment sessions with a VA Therapist or L.C.S.W.?   if you are be sure to check there notes and see what they are saying about you and your PTSD? you can do this with...> MyhealthVet

You May want to talk to your MH team ..let them know you are not any better and you feel that your still about the same if not worse,,if you don't drink alcohol  and your PG  that is good your not drinking while your PG  but you most likely will start back up again  after you have your Baby  and you need to mention this to your Dr's and your anxiety is through the roof & you  need some counseling.

We can help you better if we know the reason why they sent you the reduction letter.

other hadit members will chime in.

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I can tell you right now what the reason was. While I was active duty, they erroneously diagnosed me as having a personality disorder called Borderline Personality Disorder. They did not know or understand why I was having problems while serving. It was due to my MST. I didn't file for PTSD until 2019. I was approved and my rating went up from 50 to 70. I have been in contact with the VA for med control and talk therapy since then but I noticed that my symptoms have not gotten better so I filed for 100% unemployability seeing as I haven't been able to hold down any jobs since I got out 7 years ago. I filed for a higher percentage in February of this year and got my answer this month. It said the rater at the VA felt I improved because she found my old diagnosis of BPD in my record and that BPD is not service connected. I understand that completely, but I do not have BPD. I have PTSD. Right now they have me as having PTSD with major depressive disorder at 50%. Or I should say, they plan on reducing me in 60 days if I don't contest it. I want to contest it but I don't know how to approach this situation. 

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We really need to see the Redacted copy (minus your information) as the VA loves to put little things in there and are hoping you miss them.  Please post this so we can put eyes on it to give the best advice.

So what matters is did the VA state you do not have BPD?  Do you have that letter?  If not then you might want to file for this, because they could keep coming at you.  Once you have a doctor say you have something, and without them saying no it is not this, it is this then it holds no water.  

As for the PTSD, as longs as this had not gotten better they have no reason to reduce.  So for sure you want to fight this.  

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You file a NOD ****** (21-0958) do this before the 60 day limit  matter of fact you need to file this asap.

let them know you disagree with their decision (on date) to reduce your 70%PTSD/MST rating back to 50% due to a Rating representative opinion  stating you have a disorder called Border Line Personality (BLP)and not PTSD as was diagnosed by the VA on (DATE)  For PTSD/MST and anxiety disorders WITH A 70% RATING ect,,ect,,

you can let them know the rater is not a Dr. and had no credentials to make his/her medical opinion about your service connected 70% PTSD/MST

you can ask your MH Team to assist you and give you there medical opinion as to refer to your PTSD has it stayed the same or actually has worsens this last year ? 

 from your reports from your therapist sessions...depending on there assment to your condition...you need a Dr to state he has examine you and counsel  you and it is his medical opinion that your 70% PTSD caused by and related to your MST.

I feel my PTSD has either stayed the same or will get worse after my baby is born  but this is your assessment and not a Dr's   BUT IT WON'T HURT TO LET THEM KNOW YOUR SITUATION AND WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE.

MST is some what different from combat truma  its more of a painful physiological  condition but were not Dr's so our statements do not carry any weight  but it don't hurt to state your thoughts as long as you say your not a Dr.

ON THIS NOTICE OF DISAGREMENT  YOU TELL THEM WHY A REDUCTION  SHOULD NOT TAKE PLACE   YOU CAN ARURE THE FACT THAT YOU KNOW YOUR NOT ANY BETTER BUT YOU NEED HELP FROM A DR TO EXAMINE YOU AND STATE SO.

THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS TO DISAGREE WITH THE PREPOSED REDUCTION.

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