What Evidence Does the Social Security Administration Look at to Determine Mental RFC


As previous blogs have covered, the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at medical and non-medical evidence in determining Residual Functional Capacity in order to determine what type of work, if any, a claimant is able to perform.

Your application for disability benefits should include:

  • all tests, including psychological tests, reports and observations from medical professionals

Within those tests, the SSA will be looking for specific details of how often you experience delusions, hallucinations, or paranoia and confusion, phobias, anxiety, and depression or withdrawn behavior.

The SSA will comb through your medical history, including any mental status evaluations and look at the symptoms you experienced, the treatment prescribed to you, the results of that treatment and prognosis.

The non-medical evidence the SSA will consider may include reports from people you know – family, friends, co-workers, social workers – concerning your behavior and how well you function within the relationships and everyday activities.  The SSA is concerned with whether or not you are able to care for yourself, including bathing, dressing, proper hygiene, cooking, shopping, paying your bills and using public transportation.

The SSA will also examine whether any medications you have been prescribed will compromise your work product, for example, any medications that make you sleepy would not allow you to operate machinery or drive a vehicle.

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