If your Social Security disability claim involves mental symptoms, you will need to testify about how they interfere with your ability to work. If you are represented by a Detroit Social Security disability lawyer, he or she will be able to advise you about what types of questions you are likely to be asked and how to answer them in a way that gives the administrative law judge sufficient information to find that you are disabled.
If you have been adequately prepared ahead of time, your Detroit Social Security disability lawyer will probably not need to do much questioning during the hearing itself, which is good. Your testimony will be more credible if it comes naturally, rather than being a response to your attorney’s questioning. Here are some of the issues that may be relevant to your testimony if you are claiming that stress impairs your ability to work.
What things do you find stressful? Common workplace stressors include needing to work quickly or precisely, working within a deadline, or making decisions. Some claimants find it stressful to work with other people, deal with the public, or deal with criticism from supervisors. Certain mental disabilities could make it difficult for you to get to work on time, or to work a full day.
Though the Social Security Administration generally takes the attitude that repetitive work is not stressful, some people find it difficult to deal with the monotony of such work, the lack of collaboration or decision-making, and underutilization of their skills.
Symptoms of Stress
Different people experience stress in different ways. Some of the more common symptoms include panic or terror, trembling, shaking, difficulty breathing, sweatiness, nausea or stomachache, chest pains, and feeling faint or unsteady. When testifying about your symptoms, describe how frequently you experience them, how intensely, and for how long. In some extreme cases, stress can lead to hallucinations or flashbacks. Stress in and of itself does not qualify you for disability benefits; everyone experiences workplace stress to some degree. Depending on their nature and severity, however, your symptoms could interfere with your ability to carry out certain work responsibilities.
Documenting Your Pain and Symptoms in a Journal
You will need to explain all of your physical ailments at a Social Security Disability hearing. If you keep track of your symptoms through written documentation, you will probably be able to remember what happened. Your Social Security Disability attorney can help you while you are waiting for a hearing.
Contact A Detroit Social Security Disability Lawyer
For a free evaluation of your Social Security disability claim, please contact Detroit Social Security disability lawyer Marc J. Shefman at 888-282-0719 or by submitting the claim form on this page.