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  • HadIt.com Elder

55 is a borderline, our expert used to tell us 100% for 50 or below. Are you able to work?he GAF is subjective and only a small part of the decision. Good Luck on your claim.

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When a GAF score is high, the VA will use it to award 10%, when it is low, then they ignore it, citing that it is only part of the evaluation picture.

For a GAF of 55 the maximum you could expect would be 30%, but you'll probably get 10%, if they accept a nexus.

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55 falls in middle of these symptoms and should be compensated in my opinion

Moderate symptoms (e.g., flat affect and circumstantial speech, occasional panic attacks) OR moderate difficulty in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., few friends, conflicts with peers or co-workers).

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Did I miss something, what is DeeDee's diagnosis? If it is for PTSD, then they can expect a low ball rating regardless of the GAF. If it is for a mental disorder then the same can be said. The evidence must match the GAF before the VA will even look at it.

Now for the second item I may have missed. Here at hadit, we do not condem a member, least of all a new member for trying to get answers to their questions, especially when they haven't heard the whole story.

Usually we try and get the person to give us more information, so that we can understand more fully that the answers we dp gove, apply to their Claim.

It's like what we tell the VA, do not assume anything not in evidence as fact.

Anyone and everyone is welcome here until they prove and/or show they are in deed not welcomed and I am sure by then, they will have been asked to quietly leave in a polite but stern manner by the Web managers or their access I'm sure will be restricted to eyes only.

Now back to the business at hand, DeeDee, I for one apologize for the harsh treatment you received and I'm sure others will agree, But we do need additional information so that we can make an informed answer to your question, an open end question such as yours can be interpreted in many different ways depending on the specifics of your claim. So could you please further inlighten us as to what you are applying the GAF for?

We really am to please.

Jim S. :D

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My GAF was 68 and I was awarded 10 percent. Hopefully you will end up with more. In my case, although I had records stating I was being seen for depression, the actual mental health records weren't included in my claim. If yours were, you could end up with more. My GAF score was provided by a VA doc who spent less than 10 minutes with me.

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the GAF is only part of the rating, my GAF was 52 on the C&P exam, GAF's can fluctuate from 30-65 all in the same day it depends on what is happening that day. So a 10 minute interview should not be the only basis, I am appealing my rating of 50% due to a 2 year documented history of GAF's of 30-35 and a statement by my treating shrink that says he considers my condition permanent and total in nature. He is also the head of psychiatry at the VA hospital I go to, if they can;t take his medical notes who can they take? I expect you will get a 10% or 30% rating, if you feel it is to low I suggest you file a NOD and state why you feel the award rating is wrong, get copies of all your treatment records and highlight all the GAF scores they have assigned,, if you can afford it get a private pyschiatrist to assess you and write an independent medical opinion. Beleieve it or not the VARO does not always look at all the GAF scores you have been given at VA treatment sessions. They use only the C&P one and that hurts claims all the time. Appeal and keep appealing until you are satisfied.

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I really am not trying to waste anyones time. I am a DS veteran who was injured in the line of duty. I am currently 20% for my injury. I am in pain constantly. I never thought of filing for a mental disorder until I tested positive for PTSD at the VA. I don't beleive I have PTSD, I do beleive I have anxiety/depression and panic attacks. For the past 2 years I have been on pain medication and 2 anti-depressants. I have panic attacks and sleep loss (due to the pain). I am working but it is hard. I have a 4 yr old son and I can't quit. I know little old for a pre-schooler, but that is how God intended it for me and he is my life. I don't know what I would do if it weren't for him. I retired from the NG 12/1 but as you all know, no benfits till age 60. My family doctor says my anxiety & panic disorder is due to the chronic pain. The C&P examiner said the anxiety disorder is more likely than not related to the chronic pain from my sc injury. I am not looking for a free ride, I am trying to take the best care I can of my son. This has been a very bad start, but thanks to you guys. The only other info I know to give is the DSM on my report:

ax I - 1. anxiety disorder NOS with some intrusive generalized anxiety disorder

2. panic disorder

ax II - none

ax III - per medical

ax IV- chronic pain

ax V - GAF 55

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Dee Dee-if the VA is saying you have PTSD -file a claim on that-

and also file for an increased rating on the anxiety/depression/ panic attacks as secondary.

Make sure the VA knows in your claim, of the affect not only of the pain but also of how any side affects of their meds hinder your ability to work.

Keep your treatments current -the VA just loves paper and it is paper that helps win a claim- documentation of therapy, meds , etc----

The inservice injury- at 20%- you didnt tell us much about that-

would the PTSD be directly from that event or from an additional matter?

One of my vets would not accept his PTSD (well I know a few more than dont too)

Finally he listened to his SO, went thru the PTSD shrink stuff and got 50% for PTSD-

and it finally put him into a treatment situation where he felt comfortable to begin to tell his story-

among other vets- he needed that-

There is no shame to having PTSD at all- if you feel your peers and family will not understand-

dont even share it with them- the VA understands it and we do too----

Welcome aboard Dee Dee- and Thank You for your service!

by the way- did you file a claim within your first year after discharge and-if so- did they pay you retro back to day after your discharge?

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I really am not trying to waste anyones time. I am a DS veteran who was injured in the line of duty. I am currently 20% for my injury. I am in pain constantly. I never thought of filing for a mental disorder until I tested positive for PTSD at the VA. I don't beleive I have PTSD, I do beleive I have anxiety/depression and panic attacks. For the past 2 years I have been on pain medication and 2 anti-depressants. I have panic attacks and sleep loss (due to the pain). I am working but it is hard. I have a 4 yr old son and I can't quit. I know little old for a pre-schooler, but that is how God intended it for me and he is my life. I don't know what I would do if it weren't for him. I retired from the NG 12/1 but as you all know, no benfits till age 60. My family doctor says my anxiety & panic disorder is due to the chronic pain. The C&P examiner said the anxiety disorder is more likely than not related to the chronic pain from my sc injury. I am not looking for a free ride, I am trying to take the best care I can of my son. This has been a very bad start, but thanks to you guys. The only other info I know to give is the DSM on my report:

ax I - 1. anxiety disorder NOS with some intrusive generalized anxiety disorder

2. panic disorder

ax II - none

ax III - per medical

ax IV- chronic pain

ax V - GAF 55

DeeDee, I have anxiety and panic attacks too and they ain't no fun! There are times when I am agorophobic (can't leave the house) ... So, I totally understand trying to SC the condition. If two doctors have suggested SC your anxiety - secondary to chronic pain then you should be! I don't see where the C&P Examiner evaluated your Depresion, did you claim your depression too??? No doubt, some days are worse than others. I would suggest keeping a journal at home, and log in your symptoms. Whenever you discuss your condition with the VA, use your journal to describe your overall current funtioning - and not just your GAF for the single day you were examined. Hang in there and do what YOU think is best. Take care of yourself and your son. When you get to 30%, you will be eligible for voc rehab! P.S. GAF link below. ~Wings

GAF Rating Form http://www.avapl.org/gaf/GAFSheet.html#Global

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Jim S

Did I miss something here?

I have no idea what your second point is all about, as I have seen no thread here that is criticizing the original question????

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Jim S

Did I miss something here?

I have no idea what your second point is all about, as I have seen no thread here that is criticizing the original question????

Wally, The negative post was deleted. ~Wings

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Wally, The negative post was deleted. ~Wings

Thanks Adora

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