So right to the point, my PTSD has worsened since my initial rating, a few years ago. I have since started see a VA psych and am on medications but nothing seems to be going right anymore with my personal life or work life. I’ve already talked to the psych doc about getting on different meds or upping my dosage. But I’ve also thought that maybe I should try for an increase in ratings. I was originally awarded with 30% PTSD. I felt back then that it was low but I was too scared to appeal it. I see that on ebenefits I can just “easily” apply for the increase.
Should I have my VA psych doc fill out a DBQ and the counselor I saw a year or two ago write a letter in support?
How long does this increase process take? I have tried to do some research on the subject and can’t find anything.
My brother who served with me has severe PTSD. Does having a family member with VA PTSD help or hurt your own PTSD claim? I don’t want them to think it’s just genetics and that I shouldn’t be awarded or maybe it’ll help because it is genetic that we apparently can’t handle war easily.
How often does the VA screw up and lower instead of increase said ratings?
What is your experience with requesting an increase and is it worth it?
Do I need to print off my “records” from my psych guy on myhealthevet and provide them with this request?
Another issue about this is I plan on filing an initial claim on a couple other disabilities. Can I do this and file the increase at the same time or should I wait and file one or the other later? It’s taking me 10 months to do this initial claim. Between my PTSD and work and gathering evidence, I have till only July to finish this claim to be within the year. So I can’t really wait long on this new claim.
Any advise is helpful, I’m pretty much at my wits end and my life is starting to crumble and getting this off my mind and shoulders will be a relief.