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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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I am also suffering from Major Depression,I see a Mental Health Counselor, a Mental Health Case Manager(she is a RN) and

a Phycologist. Go see all of them at least on a weekly basis accept the DR he is only there 2 days a week.

Im curious how could the C+P examiner raise your meds I thought they were not allowed to do that?

Anyhow I put my claim in for depression in sept 08 and claim has been at rater since june 12th 09.

Hopefully you will not have to wait as long as me,but also know there are people that have waited years.

Hopefully we don't fall into that group. :angry:

Oh I'm also on venaflaxine and mirtrazine and buphron(not sure if I spelled them right)

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I am also suffering from Major Depression,I see a Mental Health Counselor, a Mental Health Case Manager(she is a RN) and

a Phycologist. Go see all of them at least on a weekly basis accept the DR he is only there 2 days a week.

Im curious how could the C+P examiner raise your meds I thought they were not allowed to do that?

Anyhow I put my claim in for depression in sept 08 and claim has been at rater since june 12th 09.

Hopefully you will not have to wait as long as me,but also know there are people that have waited years.

Hopefully we don't fall into that group. :angry:

Oh I'm also on venaflaxine and mirtrazine and buphron(not sure if I spelled them right)

And my GAF was 50

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I took mirtrazine and it just knocked me for a loop. I was asleep on my feet for two days. I hate that kind of stuff. Neurontin does that to me as well.

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