It sounds strange to say that many people on disability don’t know WHY they are on disability. Strange, but true. If you listed a whole bunch of conditions on your application, you might not know which conditions you were approved for.
Why Do I Care What They Think Is Wrong With Me?
If you are on disability, it can be handy to know this. From time to time, you will come up for a disability review. According to the Social Security policies, the simplest way to pass a review is if you still have the condition you were approved for and this condition has not approved.
There are other ways someone can approved, but this is the simplest way. Of course, if you don’t know what condition you were approved for, it won’t be all that simple…
How Do I Find Out What They Think is Wrong With Me?
There are a few ways to find out:
- Call SSA and ask if they can find this in the computer for you. The folks that answer the phone there can be a bit variable, so no promises. You may need to call a few times and ask different people.
- It may be listed on your approval letter. If you had an appeal and hearing it is probably in the letter. If you were approved at an early stage, it may not be there.
- Look up your secret code. This only works if you have been sent a short-form disability review
- Contact Social Security and ask them to mail you your case file on CD. This may have more details and information on why and how they approved your case.
If you are looking up your code, you will probably discover two diagnosis, a primary and a secondary. Some people have only one.
If your secondary diagnosis is listed as addiction — that doesn’t mean you actually were approved for addiction, it means they approved you DESPITE your addiction.
If you are approved for mental illness and your symptoms have not changed, but your diagnosis has has changed, do not worry. This is fairly common in mental health and in most cases Social Security looks at broad categories for mental illness. For example, these are all the same impairment in the Social Security listing: Social anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Generalized anxiety disorder, Agoraphobia, and Obsessive-compulsive disorder.