Query: (bratch) AND (mental OR disorder)
12 Vet. App. 119 (1999). Increased Rating for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder The General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders, including Diagnostic Code 9411, at 38 C.F.R. § 4.130 (2017) provides
for distinct periods of time, based on the facts found is required. Fenderson v. West, 12 Vet. App. 119 (1999); Hart v. Mansfield, 21 Vet. App. 505 (2007). When rating a mental disorder, VA must consider
On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Indianapolis, Indiana THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to an initial rating greater than 30 percent for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
disorder (PTSD), to include depression and anxiety. REPRESENTATION Appellant represented by: Ralph J. Bratch, Attorney WITNESS AT HEARING ON APPEAL Appellant ATTORNEY FOR THE BOARD Timothy D.
an increased rating for anxiety disorder indicates that he was unemployed prior to December 19, 2016 and he has sought the highest rating for his service-connected anxiety disorder. Therefore, the Board
of occupational and social impairment, including, if applicable, those identified in the American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed. 1994) (DSM-IV)
as 70 percent disabling for the period on appeal under Diagnostic Codes 9432 and 9433. Diagnostic Codes 9432 and 9433uses the General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders. 38 C.F.R. ง 4.130, Diagnostic
discuss the January 2010 VA examiner's assignment of a GAF score of 59 and the "seemingly conflicting conclusion that Appellant experienced reduced reliability and productivity due to mental disorder signs
disorder. 5. Entitlement to service connection for a heart condition as secondary to a seizure disorder. REPRESENTATION Veteran represented by: Ralph J. Bratch, Esquire ATTORNEY FOR THE BOARD
for rating mental disorders The Veteran's anxiety disorder is rated by applying the criteria in 38 C.F.R. § 4.130, Diagnostic Code 9413 (2015). The VA Schedule Rating Formula for Mental Disorders reads
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