PTSD before the service

Discussion in 'PTSD and Mental Health Conditions' started by jellis23, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. jellis23

    jellis23 Registered Member

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    Before I joined I was a firefighter and EMT, naturally I saw some shit that still haunts me. I work in the Operating room and a daily occurrence is using electo cautery to burn vessels to control bleeding. The smell always reminds me of my past and causes me to delay in work. Im currently starting the medboard process for schizoaffective disorder but can I claim that the service aggravated my PTSD?
     
  2. pittpan2005

    pittpan2005 PEB Forum Veteran

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    Yes. However, there are other considerations.
     
  3. chaplaincharlie

    chaplaincharlie PEB Forum Veteran Registered Member

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    Claiming multiple MH disorders is not going to increase your compensation. With few exceptions, mental health disorders are given a single rating based on social/occupational impact. So trying to make multiple mental health claims muddies the waters and gains you $0. You are also risking introducing preexisting medical conditions.
     

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