What if I complain a lot about my physical or mental state, is that something that a physician can comment on in my disability case?
Yes, often people are misdiagnosed as hypochondriacs when they are not. Often claimants do not even realize that they are constantly complaining about their physical or mental condition. These people may have a “Somatoform Disorder”. With reference to a Claimant’s Somatoform Disorders, a physician may find the Claimant to have physical symptoms for which there are not demonstrable organic findings or known physiological mechanisms, as evidenced by a history of multiple physical symptoms of several years duration beginning before age 30, that have caused the individual to take medicine frequently, see a physician often and alter life patterns significantly. There may also be signs of persistent non-organic disturbance of one of vision, speech, hearing, use of a limb, movement and its control (e.g., coordination disturbances, psychogenic seizures, akinesia, dyskinesia), or sensation (e.g., diminished or heightened), unrealistic interpretation of physical signs or sensations associated with the preoccupation or belief that one has a serious disease or injury.