Tuesday, September 20, 2016
MENTAL EXAMINATIONS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY Blogger: Being Sane Takes Too Much Work
A disability examiner most often schedules the consultative examinations for Social Security. Evidence of functional limitations is needed to assess what you can still do and what you cannot do. A person filing for disability must be found to have a severe medically determined impairment. There are Social Security Administration psychological exams that test for memory, mental status and IQ. Also, SSA psychiatric exams are given. All exams are given often by master's level psychologists. The mental status exams is designed to get mental examiners observations on the following type of information: Manner and approach to evaluation; Dress, grooming, hygiene and presentation; Mood and affect; Eye contact; Expressive/receptive/language; Recall/memory, including working, recent and remote; Concentration and attention; Thought processes and content; Perceptual abnormalities; Suicidal/homicidal ideation; Judgemental/insight; Estimated level of intelligence. When a person is filing for disability on the basis of a mental impairment, Social Security is looking for this type of information because these specific areas are what is required to maintain the ability to work and earn gainful income. The ability to: Understand, carryout, and remember instructions(both complex and one-two step) Sustain concentration and persist in work-related activity at a reasonable pace, Maintain effective social interaction on a consistent and independent basis, with co-workers, supervisors and the public; and deal with normal pressures in a competitive work setting.