Q I have a few mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. I applied for SSDI in Boston and was told to fill out a mental RFC form. What is this form, and how can I fill it out so that I increase my chances of being approved?
Mental illnesses can be extremely debilitating, making it difficult to perform regular activities at your job. However, when it comes to documenting the disabling symptoms of these disabilities, you may find that it is not all that easy. In many cases, the Social Security Administration (SSA), or your Social Security disability lawyer in Boston may advise you to fill out a mental Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form.
Understanding a Mental RFC Form
The mental RFC form is used to look at the type of activities that you are still able to do in spite of your mental disability. The SSA uses the information from this form to decide if you are able to continue working in some capacity in your field. When filling out this form, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Comprehension and memory. The SSA will consider your ability to understand and carry out certain instructions. If your memory is limited by your mental illness, or you cannot understand basic instructions, you may are limited in the work you can perform.
- Social capabilities. Many jobs require some level of social interaction. If you struggle to interact appropriately with people, ask for help, accept feedback, or avoid engaging in distracting behavior, you may not be able to perform lesser skilled tasks at your job.
- Focus and concentration. Most jobs require that you focus on the work at hand. This requires you to be able to pay attention for longer periods of time. If you are significantly limited in your ability to do this, the SSA may determine you are not able to work.
- Adaptation to various environments. Work environments can be stressful. The SSA will also use the RFC to consider how well you can adapt to changing environments that have the potential to be stressful.
There is a lot that goes into your mental RFC form, and we advise that you seek help from someone experienced with this type of form. At Keefe Disability Law, we understand what the SSA is looking for, and how you can increase your chances of being approved after submitting an RFC. We encourage you to reach out to us by phone at 888-904-6847 to schedule an appointment with a Boston Social Security disability lawyer to discuss your options in more detail.