Veterans Disability: The Debate of Chronic Adjustment Disorder

Posted on February 19, 2016 by DHG

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 service member 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 Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.