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I have a claim coming up for a hearing where one of the claimant’s impairments is interstitial cystitis (IC). IC is a chronic bladder disorder characterized by pelvic pain. IC occurs ten times more frequently in women than men, and is often associated with other impairments, such as fibromyalgia.

In my research for this case, I

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a basis for Social Security disability, and Social Security Ruling 99-2p sets forth the policy for evaluating disability claims involving chronic fatigue syndrome.

One of the problems with chronic fatigue syndrome is that no one really knows what causes it. However, the New York Times has a fascinating article today, entitled Is

When talking with Social Security disability claimants, I often hear a statement like "I can't work because I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder" (or degenerative disc disease, or fibromyalgia). The claimant makes the statement like the matter is settled. The reasoning seems to be: since there is a doctor's diagnosis of my impairment, my disability claim should

Severe depression or anxiety is often a component of a Social Security disability claim. For claims involving mental health, the Global Assessment of Functioning score assessed by your mental health provider can provide a convenient benchmark for the administrative law judge.

The GAF scale is Axis V of the multiaxial assessment used by mental health clinicians. The GAF score offers a