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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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Yes, they gave me 70% for mood disorder/depression, and I am also 30% for total knee replacement. I see a Clinical Psychologist every 8 weeks, take my meds, and go to anger management classes when I can. I am very sorry to hear about the VA mistreating so many vets, but they have been very good to me. On the advice of my VSO, I enrolled in the VA health care system in January of this year. At my initial screening, a MH nurse evaluated my mental condition by asking me some basic questions. He said that my long history of chronic pain and anger issues could be a sign of trouble, and set me up with a nurse practitioner. I saw her twice, and she determined that I had the signs of severe depression. I faxed the progress notes from those two visits to my VSO and he did the rest. I am now under the care of a Clinical Psychologist and looking forward to making progress. I do have to go for a re-eval in 12 months, but my VSO told me that this is SOP for MH claims.

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Well, you need a letter from your doctor saying that you are unemployable due to your SC conditions. Then you submit all your evidence and the TDIU form and wait. You could be waiting up to six months or longer.

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