how important is receiving treatment/therapy to get/maintain a higher %?

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how important is receiving treatment/therapy to get/maintain a higher %?

thaemcee2
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Joined: 15 Aug 2017, 16:29

13 Sep 2017, 13:54 #1

Hey guys I am currently 10% SC for PTSD from when I first got out. My symptoms were mild and I dealt with them on my own for a few years after I got out, then they progressively got worse, and within the last year or 2 they continued to get even worse. Now my speech and memory is all jacked up, I have anxiety and mild depression, irritability constantly, panic attacks, I sleep for 10 hours a day at least and still feel drained, nightmares occasionally, lost motivation to do my hobbies or go out, etc....started affecting me at work where I would forget to do routine things or never turn in paperwork on time, I have a statement from a co-worker explaining the things she has noticed...

but my question is, I was being a Marine and toughening it out all these years up till this past Spring when someone told me I should start documenting my issues with the VA so if/when I file an increase its on record, plus its the best thing to do instead of dealing with them on your own...which I did, now I see a social worker at Mental Health occasionally but started going to a local "Vet Center" for counseling...it is a legit VA office with counselors/therapists in a more home like setting with TVs and all types of activities, they go on trips together, seems pretty cool and it seems to be helping...my counselor said the records are kept in house and are not shared with the "Big VA" unless I authorize it and get copies myself and turn them over to the VA...

So how important is it to go to ongoing treatment to maintain a higher rating? Also, with what I was told about my records being confidential as she said, should I take copies of them and scan them into my regular VA records so that the VBA can see them? I did put in my statement that I have been going to the local Vet Center in addition to the Mental Health social worker for follow ups....I have my intent to file in and will probably submit the increase request for PTSD in mid Oct....thanks guys
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Cavmedic
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Joined: 13 Aug 2009, 06:19

13 Sep 2017, 14:16 #2

They help but more importantly, the records help in getting better treatment. If you are getting worse...get into regular treatment. Get outside...exercise. You working?
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motocardio
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Joined: 18 Apr 2011, 03:29

13 Sep 2017, 14:38 #3

You should first inform your VA PCP of your concerns about fatigue and other physical symptoms. You need to address any physical concerns that may be effecting your affect. You do not mention medication. The right medication can really help with some of your mental concerns. Your PCP can help with rx and may offer referral to more professional assistance. Once you have received this VA care claims documentation is in place. By addressing your issues through the PCP treatment you may not need additional claims for SC concerns. Peace
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Kassidyreign
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Joined: 22 Apr 2017, 13:32

13 Sep 2017, 16:00 #4

The best thing isn't documentation but treatment to get better & live a better life 
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usmc1987
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Joined: 01 Mar 2017, 17:30

13 Sep 2017, 16:10 #5

As long as you ask for help, and follow through with said help, then the rating that you deserve will take care of itself.
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thaemcee2
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Joined: 15 Aug 2017, 16:29

13 Sep 2017, 16:19 #6

Thanks guys, I am maintaining a pretty good level now, I do work full time and I am slowly getting better, but I feel for what I go through and the treatment I get I should be rated higher, thats all.....
I did speak with my PCP about my concerns and issues a while ago and he referred me to the Mental Health Dept. which is in the same building...from there I started seeing the social worker at the VA Clinic....after seeing her for a few months I was referred to the VA Vet Center to get treatment with them, which I have been going as of recently and it has been helping....
I am getting the treatment I need and am glad it is helping...I understand everyone wants me to get treatment and for me to get better, and I am and I appreciate that...with that being said, should I obtain a copy of the "confidential" treatment records from the Vet Center and submit them with my claim, or let the VBA get them if they need to...I would imagine it is a whole lot easier to just get the records myself and submit them myself rather than authorizing the VA to get them and waiting for that to happen
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Kassidyreign
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Joined: 22 Apr 2017, 13:32

13 Sep 2017, 16:36 #7

" I feel for what I go through and the treatment I get I should be rated higher, thats all....." 

Well if you feel strongly, file today 
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usmc1987
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Joined: 01 Mar 2017, 17:30

13 Sep 2017, 16:36 #8

I would get them.
The V.A may also request them.
At least you will know they got them.
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The Old Medic
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Joined: 17 Oct 2009, 18:03

14 Sep 2017, 12:33 #9

Any and all treatment records would be important in establishing a disability level.
The Old Medic, M.A., M.S., Ed.D
US Army  10/1959 - 09/1969 SFC E-7
55G10,  91B40, 91C40, 91F40
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Retired)
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (Retired)            
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