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I'm not the person I used to be.

Social Security disability applicants sometimes tell me this when I meet with them to discuss their claims. For the hearing, I ask them to explain to the judge why they are a different person today than when they were able to work. It is usually compelling testimony.

Losing the ability to work on an ongoing basis is a life-changing event. It leaves many people isolated (due to the loss of social interaction at work), depressed (due to loss of ability to function, loss of self-worth) and anxious (due to increased uncertainty and financial stress). It is a very difficult road to travel, and it can change who you are as a person.

Specific examples of how your life has changed help to tell your story to the judge. This testimony goes to the heart of an ALJ hearing, which requires the judge to assess the credibility of the person applying for Social Security disability benefits.