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#1 nanaeris

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 01:07 PM

I have an appeal pending with the DRO. Depression secondary to Service Connected knees disability. Although the C&P doctor stated my knee disability exacerbates my major depression, I was still denied. Since then I have supplied a copy of my psych evaluation from when I was on SSDI stating pain caused my major depression. Since I filed a NOD for major depression I have been rated service connected for hearing loss 0% and 10% for tinnitus. I just had a PTSD test evaluation, although the doctor that administered the test stated I didn't me the qualification for PTSD I found an old military medical record where I was sent to the doctor after being physical assaulted. The SSDI doctor gave me a GAF score of 42 the VA doctor gave me a GAF score of 65. My question is would these documents help my case with the DRO? How do you write it up to present to the VA?

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:26 PM

Are you still on SSD? Are you working? Did SS have an opinion as to what caused your depression. I can't see how it is ossible that SSD would have a GAF of 42 and VA have one of 65, Well actually I do. The GAF is nothing but a WAG (Wild Ass Guess) and should not be used except to confirm that an award should be made and not used to deny a single claim.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:16 PM

I have an appeal pending with the DRO. Depression secondary to Service Connected knees disability. Although the C&P doctor stated my knee disability exacerbates my major depression, I was still denied. Since then I have supplied a copy of my psych evaluation from when I was on SSDI stating pain caused my major depression. Since I filed a NOD for major depression I have been rated service connected for hearing loss 0% and 10% for tinnitus. I just had a PTSD test evaluation, although the doctor that administered the test stated I didn't me the qualification for PTSD I found an old military medical record where I was sent to the doctor after being physical assaulted. The SSDI doctor gave me a GAF score of 42 the VA doctor gave me a GAF score of 65. My question is would these documents help my case with the DRO? How do you write it up to present to the VA?



Was this evidence in your records when the claim was denied? Did you file for PTSD based on personal trauma? This may be a new claim.

When the doctor stated that knee disability exacerbates your major depressive disorder he is saying that the depression was there before the knee condition. You can file for aggervation of a nonservice condition.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:38 PM

If you have a good depression claim as a secondary claim I don't think you should go off on a wild goose chase to get PTSD. Stick with the depression claim since you have such good evidence. PTSD is one of the hardest claims to prove. One psychiatric claim is as good as another so why reinvent the wheel.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 11:15 AM

Was this evidence in your records when the claim was denied? Did you file for PTSD based on personal trauma? This may be a new claim.

When the doctor stated that knee disability exacerbates your major depressive disorder he is saying that the depression was there before the knee condition. You can file for aggervation of a nonservice condition.

My Phychiatrist at the time diagnosed me with PTSD, so it was in my VA medical records. AS for my depression in my NOD I ask if I was in pain while in the military, stayed in a military hospital for 4 months because of knee problems and pain and has been in constant pain since being out of the military, had 2 surgeries, have been diagnosed with moderate to severe osteoarthritis in both knees, if I had depression before my knee disabilities, when did it start?