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Hi All,

USAF retiree here, 24 years.  Retired in 2004.  I've tried to get rated for depression a couple times but shot down and due to the depression I give up.  Trying again though as I'm now on some better meds.  Hoping I can find some good advice and assistance here.  Thanks and God bless you all

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WELCOME. there is tons of info here and great people too! remember- DONT GIVE UP! i did back in 2008 and its been a horrible time getting back up to speed but i just won my case at the VBA after many denials! 

please let us know how we can help and if you have any questions

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One of the main things I think veterans overlook is to try to get into treatment and stay in treatment.  When I first filed my claims, I had a boat load of issues, and I was diagnosed Somatoform Disorder, but the doctor was not a psychiatrist. Basically, he stated that all my symptoms were in my head, and I was exaggerating. I carried that diagnosis for months until I had a C & P exam with a senior psychiatrist who diagnosed me with MDD due to physical ailments and stated that my mental health exam could not be completed unless the VA did a full physical medical exam and that opened the door for me to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and then everything changed, and the VA started granting my claims for service-connections.

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VA is infamous for letting idiots exam vets and making such statements.  If you file for a mental thing of course it is in your head. In the mental health area I have had everything from PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia to MDD.  They really have no idea half the time.  In my case the VA just included all the DX's in my file.  It is really pathetic.

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