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Why do I have to complete all the written questions about my activities? How detailed should I be in completing these forms?

These forms are to be completed at your initial application of applying for Disability Benefits. Each examiner of your case, from the DDS examiner, to the Judge who may hear your case will look to your initial application to see if you were CONSISTENT then with what you are saying now about your impairments.

There are a number of things these forms seek to find out about you. All are very important. Essentially, you need to state in writing what you cannot do in every area of your life that has been affected by your disability. Here is a small list you should use but this list ought to be expanded, if that is the truth.

  • Doing laundry
  • Vacuuming your hone
  • Driving
  • Mopping the floor
  • Making your bed daily
  • Caring for yourself and your family
  • Yard work
  • Grocery shopping
  • Reading
  • Watching TV or videos
  • Attending church or other social activities
  • Sitting, laying down
  • Resting during the day (how often)
  • Sleeping
  • Dressing yourself
  • Visiting others outside your home

Always keep a copy of any document you send to SSA. It clearly helps you remember what you have stated and stated truthfully.

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