NExus Letters all 50 States!
NExus Letters all 50 States!
A nexus is a connection linking two or more things.
As it pertains to VAMC C&P claims, a nexus letter is a document that is written by a medical doctor that clearly describes how an in-service event caused the claimant’s current medical condition. A nexus letter can be added to your claims file as evidence and can improve your chances of being granted service connection or receiving an increase to an already service-connected condition.
Psychiatrists earn their M.D. after completing four years of medical school. This is followed by a one year medical internship that includes clinical work with internal and family medicine doctors in order to further learn how to diagnose and treat physical conditions. Next, psychiatrists complete another three years of residency training in the specialty of psychiatry. Psychiatrists are able to treat patients with both psychotherapy and medications. This blend of training makes psychiatrists uniquely equipped to write nexus letters. Psychiatrists have an incredible understanding about the pathophysiology of physical conditions, expert knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions, and a supreme understanding of how psychiatric and physical conditions are interconnected.
A primary service-connection, is a condition that began while a veteran was on active duty.
● You were deployed in a combat zone. While participating in combat operations, you were involved in life threatening events (i.e. received small arms enemy fire) and subsequently developed PTSD symptoms. Even if you didn't seek treatment for PTSD while in-service, you can still become service connected for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
●While in-service, you gave birth to a child. After delivery, you were diagnosed and treated for postpartum depression. Your depressive symptoms have persisted even many months or years after your separation from service. You can become service connected for Major Depressive Disorder.
● While deployed to a combat zone, your base was the target of frequent nighttime mortar attacks. As a result, you developed difficulty falling and staying asleep during your deployment. You continued to struggle with sleep even after your deployment ended and after separating from service. You can become service connected for Insomnia Disorder.
A secondary service-connected condition is an injury or illness that is a result of a direct service-connected condition.
● While on active duty, you sustained a hip injury that resulted in you suffering from chronic pain. You are service connected for the hip injury. As a result of the chronic pain and the limits it has imposed on your life, you now suffer from depression. You can become secondarily service connected for Major Depressive Disorder.
● While on active duty, you worked in a MOS that exposed you to loud noises that caused you to develop hearing loss and tinnitus. You are service connected for tinnitus. As a result of the ringing in your ears, you now have sleep difficulties. You can become secondarily service connected for Insomnia Disorder.
Common Medical Conditions that Can Cause Psychiatric Conditions to Develop Include:
Dr. Allen can also provide you with a nexus letter for a "Lifestyle Impact Claim."
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