Please familiarize yourself with the GAF table. It
will help you understand how you should be rated for the best possible outcome. Below is the GAF table
used by mental health professionals.
Note: A low GAF score
may be an influence in receiving a higher disability rating.
91—100 Superior functioning in a wide range
of activities, life’s problems never seem to get out of hand, is sought out by others because of his or her many positive
qualities. No symptoms.
81—90 Absent or minimal symptoms
(e.g., mild anxiety before an exam), good functioning in all areas, interested and involved in a wide range of activities,
socially effective, generally satisfied with life, no more than everyday problems or concerns (e.g., an occasional argument
with family members).
71—80 If symptoms are present, they are
transient and expectable reactions to psychosocial stressors (e.g., difficulty concentrating after family argument).
No more than slight impairment in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., temporarily falling behind in
Some mild symptoms (e.g., depressed mood and mild insomnia) OR some difficulty in social, occupational,
or school functioning (e.g., occasional truancy, or theft within the household), but generally functioning pretty well, has
some meaning interpersonal relationships.
Moderate symptoms (e.g., flat affect and circumstantial speech, occasional panic attacks) OR moderate difficulty in
social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., few friends, conflicts with peers or co-workers).
Serious symptoms (e.g., suicidal ideation, severe obsessional rituals, frequent shoplifting) OR any serious impairment
in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., no friends, unable to keep a job).
Some impairment in reality testing or communication (e.g., speech is at time illogical, obscure, or irrelevant) OR
major impairment in several areas, such as work or school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood (e.g., depressed
man avoids friends, neglects family, and is unable to work; child frequently beats up younger children, is defiant at home,
and is failing in school).
Behavior is considerably influenced by delusions or hallucinations OR serious impairment in communication or judgment
(e.g., sometime incoherent, acts grossly inappropriately, suicidal preoccupation) OR inability to function in almost all areas
(e.g., stays in bed all day: no job, home or friends).
11—20 Some danger of hurting self or others (e.g., suicide attempts
without clear expectation of death; frequently violent; manic excitement) OR occasionally fails to maintain minimal personal
hygiene (e.g., smears feces) OR gross impairment in communication (e.g., largely incoherent or mute).
1—10 Persistent danger of severely hurting self or others
(e.g., recurrent violence) OR persistent inability to maintain minimal personal hygiene OR serious suicidal act with clear
expectation of death.
It is important
that you find out from your mental health professional what GAF score you were given. Those with psychological
disabilities typically never score higher than 50. If you believe it is warranted in your case, make
sure your score is 50 or below. Your GAF score carries a lot of weight with the rating board.
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