Hello, I am presently at 50% rating for depression. I requested an
increase due to the depression worsening. I had a C persistent
delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior;
persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to
perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal
personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for
names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name.
Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas,
such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood,
due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals which
interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical,
obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting
the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively;
impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods
of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance
and hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances
(including work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and
maintain effective relationships.
Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and
productivity due to such symptoms as: flattened affect;
circumstantial, circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic attacks
more than once a week; difficulty in understanding complex commands;
impairment of short- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of only
highly learned material, forgetting to complete tasks); impaired
judgment; impaired abstract thinking; disturbances of motivation and
mood; difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and
Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work
efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform
occupational tasks (although generally functioning satisfactorily,
with routine behavior, self-care, and conversation normal), due to
such symptoms as: depressed mood, anxiety, suspiciousness, panic
attacks (weekly or less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory
loss (such as forgetting names, directions, recent events).
Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms
which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational
tasks only during periods of significant stress, or symptoms
controlled by continuous medication.
A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not
severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social
functioning or to require continuous medication.