The VA, thankfully, now acknowledges service-related disorders such as anxiety, sadness, and adjustment disorder. Each of these can have a significant influence on your capacity to go about your daily life and job. Despite this, veterans are occasionally denied the services they require and deserve. If this has happened to you, contact our office immediately so that we can take further action.
If you're suffering from one or more of these conditions, it's important that you tell your doctor about them.
If you were ever diagnosed with one of the above conditions by a private physician or psychologist, you may be eligible for VA benefits. You should submit evidence of this diagnosis to your local VA office. They will then make a decision on whether you are entitled to benefits. It is important to remember that this process can take some time so don't give up if it seems like it's taking too long. In fact, it usually takes about 18 months from the time you start the process until you get an answer from the VA.
People who meet the criteria listed above can receive compensation for their mental injuries. This does not mean that they will get a check every month just because they have anxiety. The amount of money you can expect to receive will depend on how much pain you are in, how bad your symptoms are, and other factors. However, anyone who meets the requirements described above will be able to receive medical treatment for their condition. This includes psychiatric care.
There are many types of treatments available for anxiety disorders.
Mood disorders, such as depression, are examples of eligible mental health illnesses. Veterans who suffer from depression may be eligible for VA disability payments if they can show that their depression is caused by their military service. Depression can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of other medical conditions. However, veterans who exhibit more than one of these signs may be able to receive an official diagnosis:
• If you experience anxiety or obsessive thoughts often enough to cause problems in your daily life, such as losing sleep or eating too much or too little, then this is a sign that you should see a doctor. There are many different types of anxiety disorders, but they all involve feelings of fear that go on long after there is a real danger. For example, a veteran who served in war zones might have flashbacks or feel anxious even when there is no threat present. These are both signs that he or she needs help.
• If you feel sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks running then you should see a doctor. This is an indicator that you may have clinical depression, which can be treated with medication or therapy. If you don't seek help soon enough, depression can lead to suicide. It's important to tell someone if you're feeling depressed, even if you think you'll be able to handle it yourself. Your family members or friends could help get you the care you need.
Veterans with anxiety disorders may be eligible for VA disability compensation if they can show that their anxiety is caused by their military service. Anxiety disorders are characterized by a long-lasting feeling of fear or uneasiness that affects your daily life. These feelings must be due to something specific, such as a past event or current situation. If your anxiety does not have a clear cause, it is called "unspecified."
If you're seeking disability benefits from the VA, your primary goal will be to demonstrate that your mental condition has worsened since the time you last met the requirements for these benefits. For example, if you were granted 1-year eligibility for PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event during active duty, then you would need to show that the condition had continued to persist for at least 2 more years after leaving the military in order to qualify for further benefits.
In addition, there are several other factors that can affect whether or not you receive disability benefits from the VA. These include your rank and length of service, the type of branch of the armed forces in which you served, the nature of your combat duties, and whether you received any medals or awards related to your work with the military.
Veterans may be eligible for VA disability benefits for both physical and mental health issues induced by military service. The VA assesses mental health issues differently than physical ailments, and not all psychiatric disorders are eligible for service-connected disability payments. However even if a condition is not considered mental stress-related, a veteran may be able to receive compensation if the problem has been determined to be "service connected."
If you're seeking disability benefits for mental health problems, your best option is to apply as soon as possible after receiving a diagnosis. The earlier you apply, the better your chances of being approved.
You should also keep in mind that there are limits to how much you can receive each month. The maximum benefit available to any one veteran is $16,482. That amount is called "the cap". If your needs are greater than that, you'll need to apply for an award of extra monthly income ("overpayment").
In addition, certain conditions prevent veterans from receiving disability benefits. These include: having a current grant or award of total disability based on individual unemployability; having received payment for more than 20 percent of the time since discharge; and being convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude (unless granted clemency).
Finally, it's important to remember that applying for disability benefits is a long process.
Meeting the VA's Anxiety Claims Requirements Veterans can demonstrate their eligibility for service connection by referring to service documents from the moment they first recognized psychological issues while on active duty. Lay statements, counseling records, or employment transition records may also be beneficial. If a veteran was prescribed medication for an injury or illness that could cause anxiety symptoms, then they should provide evidence of having taken the medication from the time they became symptomatic until two months after their discharge.
Evidence of serious emotional disturbance (SED) must be demonstrated within one year of filing a claim for benefits. SED is defined as any severe mental disease, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. If a veteran was discharged under other than honorable conditions, they may still be eligible for service connection if the evidence shows that the discharges were due to SED. In this case, the veteran would need to show that they had a diagnosis of SED on record at the time of separation from service.
Lay evidence can be very useful in establishing the presence of SED at the time of discharge. For example, a veteran who experienced frequent panic attacks before being placed on inactive duty status might be able to demonstrate the presence of SED using this as evidence of their disability. The veteran would need to show that they had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder by a medical professional prior to experiencing multiple panic attacks.
You may be eligible for VA disability compensation if you have six of the following conditions: