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Veterans Disability: The Debate of Chronic Adjustment Disorder

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A recent hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs has brought to light a discrepancy on the classification of chronic adjustment disorder (CAD) as a disabling condition.

The inconsistency lies between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The DoD does not recognize CAD as a disabling condition, while the VA utilizes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders to cite the disorder as a disabling condition.

Many servicemembers seeking a disability rating from the DoD do not meet the full criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is recognized as a stress-related disabling condition. When they do not qualify for a disability rating due to PTSD but suffer from the symptoms of CAD, they are often denied their rightful disability benefits.

Chronic adjustment disorder can cause disabling symptoms such as depression, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, crying spells, and anxiety. The Mayo Clinic relates these emotional conditions to behavioral symptoms such as reckless actions, poor performance at school or work, and combative or violent actions.

Claim denials are often due to a lack of consistency between medical records and evaluations conducted while a servicemember is on active duty and those conducted when they’re seeking veterans’ disability benefits after their military career has ended.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.

Category: Veterans' Disability

2 Comments to "Veterans Disability: The Debate of Chronic Adjustment Disorder"

Thank you for your comment. We have little information besides what is contained in the 5/2012 article that is referenced. The Department of Defense and the
Department of Veterans Affairs apparently evaluate Chronic Adjustment Disorder very differently. We are not aware of any decision made by Congress since then to make the standards uniform across both departments.

Unfortunately, inconsistencies between military medical evaluations and VA medical evaluations are all too common. This is one reason why VA puts claimants through their own medical evaluations.
Posted by Frances Gonzalez on May 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Is this current as of May 2013, and has there been a decision yet?
Posted by Ron Bostic on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

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