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Gaf , From 40 To 35, What Is This And Whats It Represent?

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Seeing pysch. doc every week at the ptsd clinic in sa, lowered gaf score from 40 to 35, due to severe levels of depression, commorbid w/severe chronic ptsd. Am still waiting on an DRO interview, almost 18 months now. Have been seeing haha since 2007, and am not quite sure where all this is going....pls advise....hamster on a wheel.....

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If your PTSD stressor has been verified and you are not working you are probably looking at IU or 100% rating. What did your C&P exam say? The C&P exam will be what the VA mostly depends on to make a rating along with other medical records.

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Are you currently service connected for PTSD or MDD or were you denied all together? It does not matter what your GAF score is if you can't get service connection. If you are service connected you are looking at 70 - 100 percent. The GAF score is not the overall determing factor.

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If your PTSD stressor has been verified and you are not working you are probably looking at IU or 100% rating. What did your C&P exam say? The C&P exam will be what the VA mostly depends on to make a rating along with other medical records.

Interesting enough, after almost 2 years since opening my claim from 1992, have been diagnosed with ptsd/mdd/gad all of which are severe, and chronic. Have been on meds for 21 months now and see the haha every week at the veteran outpatient clinic weekly, indivivual one on one, symptoms too severe for group. VA shrink diagnosed, wrote nexus summary, sets gaf at 35.

texas veterans commission states that I have a good case, yet have not had a dro board since nod submitted since feb. 2008. Denied by the VA, 1. you have been diagnosed, yet do not show a combat stressor. Claim submitted was for ptsd via personal assualt, and near fatal electrocution. All data sent was for non-combat ptsd, and post concussion residuals. Am I missing something here?

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Are you currently service connected for PTSD or MDD or were you denied all together? It does not matter what your GAF score is if you can't get service connection. If you are service connected you are looking at 70 - 100 percent. The GAF score is not the overall determing factor.

How do you go about requesting a C&P, since I have been diagnosed with ptsd/mdd and a nexus summary was placed in my medical records by my VA phyc. and VA nuerophyc. I am presently waiting a requested DRO interview to straighten out these issues for my non-combat relationship of two tbi's while on active duty. resulting in ptsd/mdd/gad and a gaf or 35. Seen weekly one on one individual therapy for two years and on meds. for 21 months now. The initial claim in 1992, is now reopened and am stuck in a hamster wheel. Can not get anything from the ro in houston and they will not expain status of the claim. Texas veterans commission, wants me to wait and not rock the boat until the dro board. States if nothing is heard by houston by september, will readress the issue with some kind of writ?

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have any of your doctors connected these in-service stressors to your current PTSD? Even when it's obvious, you can't expect the VA to assume this. On your SOC what was the full reason the VA denied your claim? I know you said they couldn't verify but were there other reasons?

I'm surprised the VA hasn't ordered you a Comp&Pen exam for "other opinion" for a nexus to your in-service events. You can always request a comp&pen exam through your VSO. Surprised your VSO hasn't requested this too.

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All data sent was for non-combat ptsd, and post concussion residuals. Am I missing something here?
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