Some of the physical and mental criteria Social Security looks at to determine if you are disabled include the following:
- Unable to sit without severe pain for an hour;
- Unable to stand without severe pain for an hour;
- Unable to walk appreciable distances without pain;
- Unable to lift more than 8 pounds without severe pain;
- Unable to use your dominant hand due to severe pain;
- Unable to use your fingers on the dominant hand due to severe pain;
- Unable to balance without use of a cane;
- Unable to balance on flat surfaces;
- The need to lie down for much more than l.5 hours;
- The need to elevate your legs when lying down;
- The need to sleep for several hours during the day;
- Do you suffer fatigue that prevents you from doing normal household chores?
- Does your pain interfere with concentration, (e.g., watching television, reading a book, listening to music, etc.)?
- Are you unable to read or write?
Do you have any mental impairments (depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc.) that result in the following:
- Inability to concentrate;
- Inability to persist on a task;
- Inability to pace yourself on a task;
- Inability to get along with other people, resulting in hostile behavior or withdrawal from people;
- Inability to respect people in authority;
- Memory problems;
- Inability to remember or understand simple instructions like remembering someone’s telephone number and/or following directions when lost;
- Do you have severe panic attacks weekly;
- Do you have severe side effects from medication;
- Are you unable to do simple mathematics;
- Are you taking medication for any mental impairments?
Are you seeing a mental health therapist?
- Preferably it should be someone who has or is supervised by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
- If you are not treated by mental health professionals, sometimes your mental impairments will not be given consideration by Social Security.
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