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RCLD Criteria for Outside Documentation: 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.

Specific documentation guidelines for psychological disorders include the following:

  • General documentation guidelines listed in Appendix D.
  • DSM diagnosis and corresponding DSM code.
  • Description of the history, current symptoms, and severity of the disorder.
  • Description of the expected progression or stability of the disorder.
  • Description of the current functional limitations impacting academic performance resulting from the disorder.

Retrieved from the USG Documentation Guidelines for Psychological Disorders in Appendix E.

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