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Back story: Filed a claim for PTSD in 2016. The claim was denied, BUT the stressor was conceded. The C&P doctor stated that the symptoms weren't prevalent enough and I was already diagnosed with Bipolar disorder that wasn't service connected at the time. In 2018 I received a 50% rating for Bipolar and 30% for migraines. In 2022 Bipolar rating was increased to 70%.
I recently filed a TDIU claim for Bipolar and Migraines, and submitted letters in support from psychiatric doctor, primary care doctor and therapist.
At my Mental Health C&P the VA contract doctor updated my diagnosis to PTSD and Bipolar, with overlapping symptoms. She marked "Total Social and Occupational Impairment" and checked most symptoms. She also stated that the PTSD started upon return from combat deployment in 2008, and that it was misdiagnosed earlier.
I think that seems like a good exam in support of my claim, but my concern is that the addition of a new diagnosis that I didn't file for, in the middle of my claim, will somehow mess things up.
Is this something that I should be worrying about? Also, if I do get a rating for PTSD is there the potential for back pay since it was previously denied, or has that ship sailed?
Thanks in advance for any insights.
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You can only have one mental health claim. Doesn't matter if it's bi-polar, depression, ptsd, schizophrenia, etc. If she wrote total occupational & social impairment, I would think that would put
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