Mental health can be a difficult topic for many in Pennsylvania to talk about, due to the misinformation and stigma surrounding it. Because it usually does not present physical pain, one may wonder how it can affect one's ability to work. However, mental illness can be so crippling as to prevent a person not only from being able to perform their job duties, but it may prevent them from leaving their homes all together. One type of mental illness that could present such problems is a personality disorder.
Pennsylvania residents may find that there are times when the Social Security Administration will determine that the evidence provided by the applicant proving his or her physical impairment, illness or injury is not sufficient. When this happens, one step they may take is to schedule a consultative examination (CE). Usually, the medical professional that is preferred for a CE is the treating source, as long as the professional is able, agreeable and has the necessary qualifications to undertake the exam for a charge. This is true even if the only exam necessary is a supplemental test.