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Re: Recently diagnosed with delayed ptsd

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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