PTSD Exams Updates

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Sep 18, 2020


News about VA C&P exams for PTSD and other mental disorders.

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Sep 14, 2020

C&P Exam for PTSD

C&P exam for PTSD - for psychologist and psychiatrist examiners. Your C&P exams are probably inadequate and maybe even unethical.

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Aug 29, 2020

Correct VA Medical Records

How to correct VA medical records - if the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes a mistake, here is how to fix it.

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Aug 24, 2020

VA Disability Fraud Cases

VA disability fraud cases, particularly involving PTSD and other mental disorder claims.

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Aug 14, 2020

Military Sexual Trauma PTSD Exams

Information for veterans filing a VA disability compensation claim based on military sexual trauma.

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Aug 14, 2020

Resources for Veterans

Resources for veterans: Getting help; VA mental health services; Legal help; Veterans discussion forums; and more.

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Aug 05, 2020

Psychological C&P Examiner QUIZ

I added a new Psychological C&P Examiner QUIZ, plus new benefits for VIP Members:

Psych VIP Extra #3: Best Practice Recommendations for C&P PTSD Exams [updated].

Psych VIP Extra #7: C&P Service Clinician's Guide - A nice clean (functional) PDF version. (The Clinician's Guide on the VA website is, unfortunately, a corrupted Word for Windows 95 file. The VIP Member's version is an easy-to-read PDF file I prepared.) [268 pages]

Psych VIP Extra #8: Important Scientific Information About Schizophrenia (12-page PDF).

Psych VIP Extra #9: A Mental Status Exam (MSE) Outline and a list of recommended Mental Status Exam Resources (5-page PDF).

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Jul 27, 2020

VIP Member Benefits

VIP Members enjoy benefits others miss out on - and it's free to become a VIP member of

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Jul 23, 2020

Reading List for Psychologist and Psychiatrist C&P Examiners

Reading List for psychologist and psychiatrist C&P Examiners (updated 23 July 2020) - disability exams - U.S. veterans.

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Jul 12, 2020

PTSD Self-Medication

Research articles on PTSD self-medication, particularly as relevant to VA C&P PTSD exams with U.S. military veterans

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Jun 08, 2020


Glossary of terms related to Veterans Affairs (VA) Compensation and Pension Exams for PTSD and other mental disorders.

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May 28, 2020

Treatment of Comorbid PTSD & Substance Use Disorders (SUD)

Do veterans with PTSD and a substance use disorder (SUD) need to receive substance abuse treatment first, before they begin PTSD treatment? The answer is ...

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May 27, 2020

Case Law - Pending Veterans Law Cases

On 6 May 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted en banc review in National Organization of Veterans Advocates, Inc. v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (No. 20-1321).

If the Court decides in favor of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), veterans would be able to challenge additions or changes to the M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual that constitute "substantive rules of general applicability".

A win by NOVA would also compel VA to issue "proposed rules", published in the Federal Register and available for public comment, instead of "sneaking" new rules into the M21-1 Manual.

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May 14, 2020

Traditional Masculinity, PTSD Symptom Severity, and Treatment

Discusses article, "Traditional Masculinity Ideology, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptom Severity, and Treatment in Service Members and Veterans"

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May 05, 2020

M-FAST Not Valid for PTSD

Recent research shows that the Miller Assessment of Symptoms Test (M-FAST) does not possess adequate psychometric qualities to be valid for PTSD assessment.

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