In this article, an experienced Ocala Social Security disability benefits lawyer discusses the means whereby the Social Security Administration assess psychological and mental impairments.
The C Criteria is assessed once it is established that the claimant has a medically determinable impairment, but the level of severity is unclear such that the B Criteria is not met. In order to fill the requirements of the C Criteria, the patient must be diagnosed as having:
Affective, psychotic and organic conditions must all meet the same C Criteria. For all three, the patient must have had the condition for two years or more and it must cause more than a minor restriction that prevents him or her from performing ordinary work-related tasks. Further, one or more of the conditions listed below must be present:
Anxiety disorders have only one criterion. The patient cannot in even the slightest degree manage outside the house without help or supervision.
If the patient has been in and out of hospitals for years, has required medication, therapy or psychological intervention, the patient’s actual degree of impairment may be obscured by the measures that are often taken to minimize the impact of the condition. Observation of surface symptoms might not be an accurate assessment of such a patient’s limitations. The assessments, diagnoses and opinions of the patient’s physicians and other medical personnel will be required in order to assess whether the C Criteria has or has not been met, and it could require more than one examination to make this determination.
The guidance and experience of a skilled Ocala Social Security disability benefits lawyer can be invaluable to you. Contact the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC by calling 352.304.5300 today.
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