When you suffer from any kind of condition that affects your mental health, it isn’t uncommon to struggle with your executive functions. You may find it very difficult to maintain your focus on the tasks in front of you, organize yourself, learn new things or adapt to changes.
However, it’s hard to document these problems — and that’s a big issue when it comes time to file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In order to meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) highly restrictive definition of what it means to be “disabled,” you have to submit proof of exactly which ways you condition limits you.
For the most part, many doctors rely on a patient’s self-description of the executive function limitations they experience. They have no reason, after all, to doubt their patient’s genuine concern over the issue. SSA, on the other hand, wants hard evidence that your condition really does exist and is severe enough to cause difficulty working or holding a job.
Neuropsychological testing can help provide just that. Using computer programs or just pen and paper, neuropsychologists can run tests on patients who suffer from depression, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), disassociation, attention-deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism to document things like:
- How well you can concentrate and your attention span
- How well you are able to think analytically, understand directions and remember things
- How well you are able to process auditory or visual information
- The extent of your verbal abilities
- Your ability to make decisions and solve problems
Having this testing done can also better inform your physicians and help you manage your condition more effectively — aside from helping your claim.
If you’re struggling to get your SSD claim approved, consider getting experienced legal assistance.