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What is the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale?

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The Global Assessment of Functioning, or GAF, scale is used to rate how serious a mental illness may be. It measures how much a person's symptoms affect his or her day-to-day life on a scale of 0 to 100.

It's designed to help mental health providers understand how well the person can do everyday activities. The score can help figure out what level of care someone may need and how well certain treatments might work.

SOURCES: 

New York State Office of Mental Health: "Domains Of Assessment For Co-Occurring Disorders."

State University of New York at Albany, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Annals of General Psychiatry: "Guidelines for rating Global Assessment of Functioning."

Current Psychiatry Reviews: "Collecting Information for Rating Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF): Sources of Information and Methods for Information Collection."

Annals of General Psychiatry: "Global Assessment of Functioning: properties and frontier of current knowledge."

American Psychiatric Association: . Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online: "DSM-5 and the Assessment of Functioning: The World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0."

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 25, 2017

SOURCES: 

New York State Office of Mental Health: "Domains Of Assessment For Co-Occurring Disorders."

State University of New York at Albany, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Annals of General Psychiatry: "Guidelines for rating Global Assessment of Functioning."

Current Psychiatry Reviews: "Collecting Information for Rating Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF): Sources of Information and Methods for Information Collection."

Annals of General Psychiatry: "Global Assessment of Functioning: properties and frontier of current knowledge."

American Psychiatric Association: . Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online: "DSM-5 and the Assessment of Functioning: The World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0."

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 25, 2017

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