Criteria for Outside Documentation: Guidelines for Psychological Disabilities
Some individuals experience significant disruptions in mood, thinking, and behavioral regulation that are secondary to a psychological disorder. Many different psychological disorders can interfere with cognitive, emotional, and social functioning and may negatively impact a student’s ability to function in an academic environment. The symptoms and associated impairment may be either chronic or episodic. Test anxiety by itself is not considered a psychological disorder. Complete descriptions and diagnostic criteria for psychological disorders are available in the current version of the DSM.
Documentation must Include:
- Letterhead of diagnostician
- Date of last visit.
- DSM-IV and/or DSM-5 Diagnosis/date of diagnosis
- Assessment procedures used to make the diagnosis
- Historical data taken into account in making the diagnosis.
- Major symptoms currently being manifested.
- Level of symptom severity (Global Assessment of Functioning)
- A mental impairment rises to the level of a disability when it substantially limits one or more major life activities of the individual. Please indicate what major life activity is currently impacted and how/to what degree it is limited. Please attach any test results, etc. you used to measure these limitations.
- Please discuss any current medications this individual is taking and the impact it has on the limitations described above.
- What is the treatment plan and prognosis (expected duration).
- Signature of individual with credentials to make the above diagnosis
The specific documentation guidelines (Criteria for Outside Evaluations)
USG Documentation Guidelines for Psychological Disorders in Appendix E.