Gaps in treatment

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    Unknown

    Is it a good idea to explain why there are gaps in treatment without them asking why? I was thinking about writing a letter and explain the events of why I didn’t have continues treatment (moving out of state, losing job, not being able to leave house for months because of agoraphobia, etc…)

    Also I asked a lawyer if it was possible to request a physical CE, he said yes I can request one, but its up to the examiner if he/she will honor the request. I was going to explain because of gaps in coverage (detailed above) my medical file as of now doesn’t document my current physical limitations. Is this a good idea?

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    jemar707
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    @ Unknown: I agree with Sunshine in that it could be a waste of time and 100% continuous ongoing treatment is not a determining facto.. It can be helpful though to receive ongoing treatment and sending them any updated information you might have for treatment. For instance, have you been seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist for agoraphobia. Often they can provide information as to whether your condition has worsened since your application. If receiving treatment is a financial problem, I would look into assistance from local mental health facilities who often have “sliding scale” fees for treatment.

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    Sunshine

    It is not necessary to explain gaps in treatment. If you have current treatment, or atleast treatment within the past few months of your application, the records will be reviewed. Many people have gaps in treatment Bcuz of financial reasons, no insurance, etc so it’s not a deal breaker. So Writing a letter would kind of be a waste of time.
    If information is missing or your claim can not be fully evaluated using your medical records, the examiner will schedule a CE for you. Most of the time if you don’t have current treatment, a CE will be scheduled for u.

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