How to Document Your Disability


What’s Your Problem?

  • Neurological Problems – Many people report success after getting neurological or neuropsychiatric testing. Sadly, these tests are often not covered by insurance. If you are experiencing significant problems with memory, concentration and focus, you can speak with your doctor about getting a referral for testing.
  • Mental Illness – Seeing a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist can make a big difference in mental health claims (a therapist is not the same). If you are homeless or at-risk for becoming homeless please check out the SOAR program as well.
  • .A Combination – It’s a big help if you can list all conditions on your application and collect as much evidence as you can on each condition. Most people are approved for a combination of impairments. Especially be sure to list any mental or psychological issues.

How to Create a Great Documentation No Matter What

At the end of the day, your diagnosis really does not matter that much. What matters is the severity of your symptoms and how they keep you from being able to work and function. No matter what your diagnosis is, there are a TON of things you can do to greatly improve your chances of winning.

Function Forms

No matter what condition you apply for, one of the most helpful documents you can get is an RFC function form. While you are out getting your RFC, be sure to keep an eye on How To Avoid Function Form Mistakes

Doctor’s Letters

If your doctor is also willing to write a letter for you, you may also find Connie’s Lyme Disease Letter to be very helpful. If you are planning to request a letter from your doctor please take a look here: How to Get a Great Letter from Your Doc and especially here: How to Avoid a Bad Letter from Your Doctor

Acceptable Medical Sources

No matter what condition you apply for, it is always a big help if your doctor is an acceptable medical source. I can’t tell you how many people I have met who stayed with the wrong kind of doctor for months or years because their lawyer never told them this. Please see the right kind of doctor now to avoid heartbreak later.

Keep Hope Alive

Don’t give up hope! Just get scrappy and get creative and get persistent. Putting that bit of extra effort into your application can make a big difference. Here are a few super cool success stories from super cool people just like you!

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