The new criteria have more specific examples and are better defined, helping claimants get statements from their treating doctors in order to help their claims. The new areas are:
- Understanding, remembering, or applying information;
Examples: Following oral instructions, identifying problems and solving them, using reason and judgment, learning new work activities.
- Concentrating, persisting, or maintaining pace;
Examples: working at an appropriate and consistent pace, ignoring distractions, sustaining ordinary routines and regular attendance and working a full day without extra breaks or rest periods, initiating and performing tasks you know how to do.
- Interacting with others; and
Examples: cooperating with others, asking for help when needed, understanding and responding to social cues, handling conflicts, responding to criticism appropriately.
- Adapting or managing oneself.
Examples: regulating emotions and controlling behavior in the work setting, adapting to work changes, making plans, maintaining personal hygiene, recognizing normal hazards and taking appropriate precautions.
Post written by: Jennifer Scherf