thank you. I am suffering from depression and anxiety -- and my primary physician prescribes me medications for that. I also see psychologist. SSA sent some forms to fill out to my psychologist. OK, if it concerns a mental health disorder such as that which you describe, they would ask the specialist for the opinion, yes, not the PCP, who is not an acceptable medical source for a mental health disorder. Good thing you do have that specialist!
I would have thought that SSA wanted to know the opinion of my primary physician on whether I can work, how bad my condition is, etc -- Not so much since he is not qualified on the mental health limitations. That is generally a psychologist or a psychiatrist.
are you saying that there is no form that SSA would normaly send to your primary physician under these circumstances in order for them to establish my situation? Not for mental health. They do have variously created "RFC"s for mental health, but they don't ask it of your non-mental health expert.
I thought form SSA-3380-BK serves this purpose (third party prvider of the function report) No, that is for a non-medical person, like a family member or friend that has personal knowledge of the person's limitations but are not giving an expert opinion on "capacities" - just what he has personal knowledge of by observation, etc. Here is a sample of an SSA form for a psych. dr. that some SSA offices choose to use - although I have seen others as well. What is nice is when our therapist and our psych doctor BOTH sign it, if their unified answers are the one's that the SSA law says equates with 'unable to do any job out there.'
I am in the process of filling out function report for SSA-3373-BK - and I am getting a bit nervous that I might be late in submitting it -- as my psychologist send his stuff to SSA about 2 weeks ago -- Usually they give you a time frame that they would like it back - if she didn't, you can call the supervisor and tell her you are still getting it done. And/or send a letter just telling them you are working on it.
would SSA supplement their file with what I have filled out on my function report 3373 -- even though I might be a week or so late in my submiital and they already started processing it? That is likely, IF it is not yet "decided" - but it doesn't effect the medical evidence (it is not medical evidence).
What is YOUR judgment call on whether I should contact the supervisor while my adjuducator is away? I think if you are running late on a deadline, you will be best served by letting them know it is getting done, you are just a little slow with it, and you will have it in by XX date. Never hurts to communicate that something is on its way, just in case the decision is about to come down the pike.
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