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Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Job Classification

In most duration tables, five job classifications are displayed. These job classifications are based on the amount of physical effort required to perform the work. The classifications correspond to the Strength Factor classifications described in the United States Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. The following definitions are quoted directly from that publication.

Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Schizophrenia


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Failure to Recover

If an individual fails to recover within the expected maximum duration period, the reader may wish to consider the following questions to better understand the specifics of an individual's medical case.

Regarding diagnosis:

  • Has individual been experiencing psychotic loss-of-reality symptoms for at least 6 months with increasing difficulty in normal functioning?
  • Has the diagnosis been confirmed or does it need to be revisited in light of these criteria?
  • Have conditions with similar symptoms been ruled out?

Regarding treatment:

  • Since early intervention may forestall the worst long-term outcomes of this disorder, was treatment initiated with diagnosis?
  • Does current treatment appear to be effective?
  • Is a change in treatment plan warranted?
  • If individual is experiencing severe delusions, hallucinations, serious suicidal inclinations, inability to care for oneself, or severe problems with drugs or alcohol, can individual be hospitalized until condition can be stabilized?
  • Has individual reported any untoward side effects from antipsychotic medication?
  • Has individual talked with the physician about these or any other expected side effects?
  • Is individual capable of weighing the risks against the potential benefits that antipsychotic drugs can provide?
  • Would individual benefit from changing to a newer antipsychotic drug?
  • Does individual understand how important it is to continue medication?
  • Is individual capable of maintaining medication regime or would more structured supervision be beneficial?
  • Does individual exhibit suicidal tendencies?
  • What is being done to protect individual from harming self or others?

Regarding prognosis:

  • Is individual capable of functioning on an independent basis with no threat to self or others?
  • Does individual and/or family know and accept the realistic prognosis of this illness?
  • Although no cure is available for schizophrenia, is individual aware that with proper treatment, he or she may still be able to lead a productive and fulfilling life?
  • Is individual capable of complying with a long-term medication regime?
  • Did psychotherapy help the individual regain the confidence to take care of himself/herself and live a fuller life?
  • Were individual and family members able to participate in a therapy program that helped them better understand this illness and share coping problems?
  • Does individual have an effective support system in place? If not, what can be done to establish one?

Source: Medical Disability Advisor