I'll make this brief since we are all stressed Feds. I've been approved for my claim. Yes I hired a lawyer although he did not have to do much the documentation was good. I may be stressed but I'm still a Fed. My PD basically stated that I had daily dealings with hostile/belligerent people day in and day out. I was approved for Depressive Disorder. Almost lost my job, my apartment, I did lose my friends......blah blah blah. Of everything I lost I miss my mind the most. Has anyone got any constructive advice or definitive answers on schedule awards or recovering emotional damages. My shrink says I will be on meds for the rest of my life. I alternated between being suicidal and wanting to lash out at others for a solid 2 years. I worked/work for the Department of Veterans Affairs at a Medical Center in a chronically understaffed area. I am at a loss now that I have found out that there is a bias for compensation of an emotional injury. It does not make the pain I am in any less real. Thanks to any who feel compelled to post. And to those that are in other stages of the journey I wish I could say it gets less confusing.