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      National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016   05/01/2016

      Proclamation 9433 of April 28, 2016 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need. Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another—and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us—we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve. In the last 7 years, our country has made extraordinary progress in expanding mental health coverage for more people across America. The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against people based on pre-existing conditions, requires coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services in individual and small group markets, and expands mental health and substance use disorder parity policies, which are estimated to help more than 60 million Americans. Nearly 15 million more Americans have gained Medicaid coverage since October 2013, significantly improving access to mental health care. And because of more than $100 million in funding from the Affordable Care Act, community health centers have expanded behavioral health services for nearly 900,000 people nationwide over the past 2 years. Still, far too few Americans experiencing mental illnesses do not receive the care and treatment they need. That is why my most recent Budget proposal includes a new half-billion dollar investment to improve access to mental health care, engage individuals with serious mental illness in care, and help ensure behavioral health care systems work for everyone. Our Nation has made strong advances in improving prevention, increasing early intervention, and expanding treatment of mental illnesses. Earlier this year, I established a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force, which aims to ensure that coverage for mental health benefits is comparable to coverage for medical and surgical care, improve understanding of the requirements of the law, and expand compliance with it. Mental health should be treated as part of a person's overall health, and we must ensure individuals living with mental health conditions can get the treatment they need. My Administration also continues to invest in science and research through the BRAIN initiative to enhance our understanding of the complexities of the human brain and to make it easier to diagnose and treat mental health disorders early. One of our most profound obligations as a Nation is to support the men and women in uniform who return home and continue fighting battles against mental illness. Last year, I signed the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which fills critical gaps in serving veterans with post-traumatic stress and other illnesses, increases peer support and outreach, and recruits more talented individuals to work on mental health issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This law will make it easier for veterans to get the care they need when they need it. All Americans, including service members, can get immediate assistance by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP. During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well. Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real. Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.  
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My GAF Score...help

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My attorney has been keeping me up to date and just received my records from my pdoc. I had a GAF of 50. What does that mean? Does that help or hurt my SSDI case?

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I went into MSN and searched on GAF Score.  Then go to the GAF FAQ tab.  It lists severity of symptoms, and level of functioning for various numerical ranges.  Hope this helps.  (I'm not good at inserting links.)        deb

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<font color='#736AFF'>Deb, you forgot the link!

Here's something I found... about the Gaf Score

Maybe this will help... I've personally never heard of it before, but then, I've only held my own small businesses... never dealt with insurance except through my husband's large company that he works for.

I'll keep looking</font>

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The GAF or Global Assessment of Functioning Scale is a number that reflects your current level of psychological, social, or occupational functioning.

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<font color='#736AFF'>This site will tell you ALL the criteria that goes into consideration

Try this Link

I hope it helps. You'll have to scroll down to get to it.

Good luck and happy reading.</font>

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Sorry, I didn't catch this thread sooner. As an FYI to anyone using GAF on their claims, the lower the number, the less you function in day-to-day activities. A score of 50 is relatively stable and able to function. Mine was in the low 20s when I applied.

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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I came in at 21 at my first counseling session.  It wasn't until I did some research on the web, that I found out what the Gaf, is.  The counselor was shocked I was still able to get out of bed, get dressed, and go to work (couldn't get anything done, though).

I didn't really start feeling bad for myself until I found out what the score meant. :hearts:

karen

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Purplerain,

My doc was shocked that I could even make it into her office. I had let myself "go" so much that I forgot about personal hygiene, how to dress, eating, etc. I am a lot better than 4 years ago-maybe up to 35, lol.

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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Honestly, I couldn't tell you what my GAF is right now.  It fluctuates, and I can tell you that.  What helped my SSDI case was that I was in treatment for depression and that depression was my life (if that makes sense).  In other words, I was unable to make any money at all because I was in full time treatment.

I will let you know that the frustrating thing with the GAF is that they only use it for one thing.  They will say "this is your GAF" and think that is how you are all the time.  For example, if I am in an ok frame of mind, my GAF is what it says it is.  However, when I am at my lowest (and it fluctuates all the time), then my mental health status is so variable.  If I am inpatient, then my GAF is very low.  I don't know if I confused you more.  This is where it gets even more frustrating because I have learned to fight and advocate for myself...and well, that just makes others think that I am highly functioning.  I am highly functioning <i>if</i> all the pieces of the puzzle are in place...make sense?

As far as your SSDI case goes...most all the time, a person gets rejected their first time...I was...

Hope I was a little helpful..

Cosmic

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I left everyone hanging in this thread. I did win my case on the first try. It was about 3 months after filing that I got my approval. SO, 50 GAF is okay for winning your case.

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Congratulations, SPS!!!!!

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Sorry, I didn't catch this thread sooner. As an FYI to anyone using GAF on their claims, the lower the number, the less you function in day-to-day activities. A score of 50 is relatively stable and able to function. Mine was in the low 20s when I applied.

Sheepwoman :baaa:

hi all i was reading this thread and was wondering iven been hospitalized 5 times this year for my major depression and anxiety and they gave me gaf score all five times 25 30 gaf ive been threw alot threw my life fighting my depression my mothers death me being homeless for over a year living on the streets here in ohio ive applied for both ssd and ssi but denied for ssd not enough work credits and im waitng for ssi decison went to my mental exam was a wreck couldnt remember numbers i also couldnt remember the three words the lady had me repeat five minutes later. ive been getting help from this mental clinic for my depression like free medicine counsling does anyone know if i have a good chance of approval i never apealed ssd cause im waiting for my ssi decision

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