For mental health issues, it's best to find a psychologist and/or psychiatrist depending on your specific needs. Find a good local attorney to review your records and possibly recommend or refer you to a doctor.
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I agree with Mr. Pham and will just add that I don't usually suggest that the patient start off the relationship with a new treatment provider with a lot of focus on getting disability benefits. The focus should be on getting a picture of your current condition and determining what options there may be to improve your condition. I cannot tell you how many medical records I've seen that comment on "patient is focused on getting disability benefits" or something similar. Those aren't usually very helpful. Yes, you want to have a treatment provider who has a grasp on the issues Social Security will be evaluating, but don't let that overshadow the primary purpose of treatment, which is just that...assessing and treating your condition(s). I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Pham's suggestion that you consult with an experienced local Social Security disability attorney and the attorney will likely have a few suggestions on treatment providers in the area who are familiar with Social Security. If your primary impairments come from mental issues, you are almost certainly going to need a skilled lawyer on the case anyway because these are typically the most difficult claims for SSA to evaluate. I would start with finding an excellent attorney and progress from there. You can use the "find a lawyer" tab here on Avvo to start your search and you should look for a lawyer who is largely focused on Social Security law and who has a good Avvo rating. There are several great Social Security lawyers in your area to choose from. Through consultation, you should quickly be able to decide whether you feel comfortable with the lawyer. If you don't, then keep looking. I will also add that Mr. Pham is, I think, in your local area so that might be an excellent start.
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If you want to submit the best evidence, you need a psychiatrist and psychologist who licensed. You will want them both to be able to provide credible opinions based on their treatment with you. Contact a local attorney and ask for specific advice. Also, talk to your mental health providers and make sure they will be willing to provide opinions.
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