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Post by Xmedic on Mon 06 Nov 2017, 07:39

Update. At 200 mg of Zoloft and 11 mg of Praxosin combined with counselling is helping for the most part. Completing the disability application has difficult because I have to detail all the disturbing traumatic incidents. My psychiatrist and counsellor are concerned with vac’s approach and forcing those suffering ptsd to relive damaging events without the benefit of coping mechanisms and treatment. I am wondering if medicinal weed might be beneficial in addition to the pills to help for those days where I’m worse?

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Post by johnny211 on Sun 05 Nov 2017, 19:34

Hi medic - no I have not done eft, but have done a lot of emdr. I’m thinking they get the same results. Emdr has small buzzers you hold in your hands, as your pscy talks you thru your incident. It will not be easy, and I’m sure you will find it rattles the head for a bit, and you will feel off for a few days after. But stick with it, and things should improve. Johnny Out..VVV...
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Post by Xmedic on Sun 05 Nov 2017, 18:54

Thanks Tilap61. I have started the application process and working on the narrative. Do you have any experience with the EFT therapy approach or know anyone who has tried it? Thanks

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Post by Tilap61 on Sun 05 Nov 2017, 18:29

Xmedic don’t want to be and ass but requesting your medical record etc will take a while they are backed up , requested my file back in April 2017 and last week requested an update. Answer « your file has just been sent for photocopie ». « Due to back log it could be still a little longuer for you to get your file ». Since VAC are also back log I would sent my claim in anyway VAC will get your files faster then you. Just make sure your narrative to the best of your recollection fit what would be on your file. Still ask for your file so you would have it by the time VAC turns around and do your claim if denied at least you will have supporting Docs to appeal it. I am sure if I am wrong somebody will correct me

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Re: Recently diagnosed with delayed ptsd

Post by Xmedic on Sun 05 Nov 2017, 17:38

Update, the sertraline at 200 mg and prazosin at 7 mg are providing much needed relief from a lot of my symptoms. I have been referred to a psychiatrist by my clinical counsellor and family doctor to continue treatment and to support a claim to VAC. My counsellor recently introduced me to EFT (emotional freedom technique) which uses tapping therapy as a part of treatment. Has anyone any experience with this type of therapy?

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Post by Xmedic on Sat 23 Sep 2017, 19:11

Thanks Johnny211. I appreciate your comments and will look into the group support suggestion.

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Re: Recently diagnosed with delayed ptsd

Post by johnny211 on Sat 23 Sep 2017, 18:23

Hi xmedic. Johnny here in spudland. I was diagnosed with ptsd about 5 yrs ago, and all the crap that goes with it. If you have a OSSIS gp in your area that might be good for you. I belong to the one here, and find being around others in the same boat helps. I am not sure your feelings on Medical Marijuana. I started the oil about 3 mths ago. 90 percent of my OSSIS gp have gotten off the big pharma stuff with all their side effects. I find the daytime cbd slows the hamster, and helps with anxiety and physical pain. And the thc at night, helps too sleep thru the night. But to each its own. I hope this helps, and never feel alone as there are a lot of us in this boat. VVV...
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Re: Recently diagnosed with delayed ptsd

Post by Xmedic on Sat 23 Sep 2017, 17:32

Update...my FD and Counsellor have confirmed PTSD and I have started treatment. My doc put me on Sertraline to reduce the PSTD symptoms and Prazosin for the nightmares. To early to tell if they are helping. I have requested my medical records and personnel file from archives. I also reached out to archives in New Brunswick to get copies of articles they may have of the events I experienced in Gagetown. I'm also in the process of getting in touch with other archives libraries in Ontario to see what they may have as well for the incidents experienced there. Gathering the documentation for these events is not easy. My clinical counsellor and FD are attempting to get me referred to the OSI Clinic in Winnipeg. Not sure if this will be successful because I have not yet submitted a disability claim for treatment.

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Re: Recently diagnosed with delayed ptsd

Post by Xmedic on Sun 10 Sep 2017, 19:10

Thanks for the great info Newf. I went online and requested my personnel file and medical records.

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Re: Recently diagnosed with delayed ptsd

Post by Newf on Sun 10 Sep 2017, 18:43

Xmedic
Just reading your post. Trooper has some great advice. I also suggest submitting some supporting documentation with your VAC application. You mentioned about having been "...exposed to multiple trauma situations during my 10 year career." Some examples of the supporting documentation would include:
-copy of your DND Personel file which may have some references to the situations you have referenced.
-copy of your DND medical file. I suggest a copy of both your DND entrance medical exam along with your DND release medical exam in 1985. It would be good to PROVE you did NOT have any PTSD when you enrolled into the armed forces. This can give a starting point.
-You can obtain copies of your DND personell and medical files by making a Privacy Act request. There is NO fee associated with these types of information requests. They will send you a DVD with your files that you can easily search and browse through. Here is the link to their website where you can make an online request; http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/atip/requests-personal.asp

-If there are witnesses to support your exposure to traumatic situations then have them prepare a written statement of his/her recollection of the event.
-Any photos of the event, newspaper articles or other supporting information.
-copies of all your civilian medical records from each psychiatrist and family doctor that you have seen. You can see if any of the professionals may have referenced a PTSD symptom in their doctors notes on your file. You never know what notes these doctors put on their file that could help you.
-A copy of the psychiatrists report completed in 1970's.



There is lots of us on here who can help you.

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Re: Recently diagnosed with delayed ptsd

Post by Xmedic on Sun 10 Sep 2017, 17:06

Thank you for the information Trooper. I have always been one to save copies of medical reports and other import health records. I have a copy of the psychiatrists report from that time somewhere in my records. I see my FD on Thursday to discuss treatment options. The clinical counsellor haalso wants me to continue seeing him. I think your suggestion of a referral is a good one to support the diagnosis. The problem is that I don't like discussing what I'm going through with people. It's hard even for me to discuss it with my wife if 43 years let alone a stranger. Thanks again Trooper!

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Post by Guest on Sun 10 Sep 2017, 15:25

Xmedic wrote:I am a 62 year old xmedic who has been recently diagnosed by my family doctor with ptsd stemming from being exposed to multiple trauma situations during my 10 year career.  I released in 1985 and have had some symptoms off and on since my early career.  I sought a psychiatric assessment in the late 70's and after one short 45 minute session at NDMC was diagnosed as having cyclothymia which is a very mild form of mood disorder.  I don't think this diagnosis was correct and believe now that I suffered from ptsd. Now that I am semi retired I am experiencing significant ptsd symptoms.  My doctor sent me to a clinical therapist who said I had all the symptoms of ptsd and recommended I follow up with my doctor to see what options for treatment are available to me.  I have a couple of questions which I would appreciate advice on;  Firstly, can a family doctor diagnose ptsd and is the diagnosis accepted by VAC?  Secondly, what steps do I have to take to commence a disability claim?  Thanks for any and all replies.

Some info for you Xmedic,

32 years since your release so I hope that visit you had in the late 70's you have documents to show that. It would help if you did.

Can your family doctor diagnose you with PTSD? The answer is yes. That said, if you can get your doctor to refer you to a specialist that would also help to support your claim application.

To receive a disability benefit you must:  

1. have a diagnosed medical condition or disability; and

2. be able to show that the condition or disability is related to your service.

There are two types of disability benefits

Disability Pension

Disability Award

In your case you would be applying for a Disability Award.

Steps to apply for benefits

Step 1 - Get an Application Form Click here: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/after-injury/disability-benefits/how-to-apply

Step 2 - What You Need to Apply Click here: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/after-injury/disability-benefits/application-checklist

Step 3 - Submit Your Application  Click here: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/after-injury/disability-benefits/submit-application

Here is some info on VAC Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/after-injury/disability-benefits/benefits-determined/entitlement-eligibility-guidelines/ptsd

These are the steps to take in applying, I encourage you to apply, you got nothing to lose, and don't get discouraged as we all had to go through it and it can be stressful in terms of waiting for answers, but don't let this stop you from applying as that is what the benefits are in place for, to apply.

Feel free to continue to ask questions here, if need be.

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Recently diagnosed with delayed ptsd

Post by Xmedic on Sun 10 Sep 2017, 12:37

I am a 62 year old xmedic who has been recently diagnosed by my family doctor with ptsd stemming from being exposed to multiple trauma situations during my 10 year career.  I released in 1985 and have had some symptoms off and on since my early career.  I sought a psychiatric assessment in the late 70's and after one short 45 minute session at NDMC was diagnosed as having cyclothymia which is a very mild form of mood disorder.  I don't think this diagnosis was correct and believe now that I suffered from ptsd. Now that I am semi retired I am experiencing significant ptsd symptoms.  My doctor sent me to a clinical therapist who said I had all the symptoms of ptsd and recommended I follow up with my doctor to see what options for treatment are available to me.  I have a couple of questions which I would appreciate advice on;  Firstly, can a family doctor diagnose ptsd and is the diagnosis accepted by VAC?  Secondly, what steps do I have to take to commence a disability claim?  Thanks for any and all replies.

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