I have talked to people at the VA about this as it directly effects me because I have a rateing for PTSD.
First they must procieve you as being a threat to someone (yourself or others).
Then they have channels that must be followed in order to have any gun rights pulled from you.
Now they would never really go into what those channels were with me even though I was trying to pry and get the info from them!
I do know that the doctors that I have delt with over the years for my PTSD all know about my gun hobby and they also know that I am a CWP holder. They like the fact that I can take this hobby and make it a very positive thing in my life in the fact that it actually takes my mind off of things that may be bothering me.
For myself if I am haveing difficulties with things related to my PTSD I can really relax myself by going out to the range and pokeing holes in some paper. I in no way think about my past experiences while I am at the range shooting, I am only thinking about pokeing a hole dead center in the target (which I'll admit I am not all that good at) much in the same way a pithcer might concentrat on hitting the catchers glove dead center. Also hunting is very theraputic to me as I am the most relaxed I can be by being out in the woods and being observant of my suroundings and such. The sights, sounds, and smells out there seem to put me in a totally relaxed state to where nothing would ever bother me.
My PTSD has never manifested as violence other than yelling when I have gotten ticked off. Mine mostly causes sever sleeping problems and such which has caused problems with me in holding a job and in relationships with others. I do take some meds for it and I do attend counceling pretty often. But in all I have found that I am my own best theropist! I can recognize when things are creeping up on me within my head and I can get myself into my hobbies and relax myself.
I also have noticed that I have more problems with PTSD related stuff in periods when I am hurting the most serverly from the Gulf War Illness stuff. I don't know if there is really a direct relation between the 2 or if there is something being triggered by the extra pain medication I start takeing durring these periods or what, I only know I have made a dirrect conection between the 2.
I do know I wish they would come up with something better for the Gulf War Illness than they have! I am currently takeing 27 different medications on a daily basis and when things get more severe it goes up to about 35 different meds. I am flat out sick of takeing pills on a daily basis that are really only masking the symptoms rather than actually doing anything about them!
Morning, I know what you mean, I am 100 % t&p for PTSD, took me six years of fighting the Va to get it. And you are right, the pain from the GWS and the ptsd feed off of each other. I have tryed sooooo many drugs and the only one that has worked for me is Klonazapam, (Clonipin)sp? They treat us as gunea pigs again for every new drug that comes out to see if it will work. I was actually on 4 prozac a day for quite awhile,then I quit taking them because they were not working. I actually read an article once that said they give us drugs that actually keep our problems in place, so as to keep having a way to get more drugs out, (Money making scheme?) What I found that worked the best for me was to learn as much about ptsd as I could, then study myself and find out what my triggers are and try to avoid them them as much as possible. Bad part is, it don't always work. Have you looked into the Biochoice Immune26? It will cost you about $40 a month, but it might alow you to get rid of some of the meds you are on. I had a heart attack when I was 37. I had to take 2 time release nitro pills a day and carry the nitro stat with me, not to mention the aspirin a day. After using the biochoice for about 3 weeks, I was able to quit taking the nitro and haven't taken it for the last 5-6 years. I still have the anxiety attacks and sleepless night, but the synptoms from GWI are pretty much all gone and I feel a lot better physically. As far as them perceiving you as a threat, that is just part of the GAF scale they must rate you on when doing a C&P for PTSD.