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How much weight does the GAF score have with the raters? I have been diagnosed with a mood disorder secondary to my SC condition. My GAF score is 48 and I have been put on Venlafaxine. My VSO filed a claim for me, as the diagnosis clearly states that the mood disorder is secondary to my SC condition. Anyone have any idea what I should expect?

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Be careful about talking about anything that they can say would cause your depression other than your service connected condtion. They will say that it (your family ) is the cause of your depression. Feel free to say how the depression effects your family dynamics.

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This is a topic I am familliar with because of my SC back and knees I have lost over 70lbs in about 3 months I do not eat do not sleep well interact with my kids as they get bummed out I cannot play with them like my neighbors do with their kids. It truly sucks I had just recently put in my claim for depression secondary to my SC back and knees. I had my shrink in his opinion tie them in to what I am going through been taking crud load of meds but I still do not eat or sleep well. I wish you luck with your claim. Only problem I can see is that they will try to put it off on a PTSD claim which is not service connected. I just do what my Shrink suggest and if one thing helps I stick with it. I have weighed the same thing round about for 4 years or so and now my family thinks I am trying to loose weight on purpose. I just have no urge to eat much less do anything else. I stay in constant pain with back spasm and the surgeons have said the way I am right now is about the best I am going to be. VA pain Managment is for the birds..

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Well,

As it turns out, prior to the C&P exam, I had been seeing a NP instead of a clinical psychologist. At the C&P exam I spoke with a true clinical psychologist who really seemed genuinely concerned for my well being. Of course I got the “how are you doing” question, to which I replied “better that I deserve”. The C&P seemed fairly straight forward, I did not ask for her opinion but she said that depression is very common for people suffering from chronic pain. I did get a copy of the progress reports from the meeting with the NP, both have GAF’s of 48. She also increased to dosage of venlafaxin.

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How in God's name the VA can justify Nurse Practitioners treating Mental Health baffles me.

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Make sure you get a copy of the exam just to see what she actually put in there. Sometimes they make mistakes and the sooner you notice them the better.

My first exam had some obvious mistakes and I made the mistake requesting it too late.

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As it turns out, prior to the C&P exam, I had been seeing a NP instead of a clinical psychologist. At the C&P exam I spoke with a true clinical psychologist who really seemed genuinely concerned for my well being. Of course I got the "how are you doing" question, to which I replied "better that I deserve". The C&P seemed fairly straight forward, I did not ask for her opinion but she said that depression is very common for people suffering from chronic pain. I did get a copy of the progress reports from the meeting with the NP, both have GAF's of 48. She also increased to dosage of venlafaxin.

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