I filled out my son’s application - I wrote in the notes at the back that he was not capable of filling it out himself, which is very true.
I was very blunt & honest about what he can do & what he can’t with concrete examples.
Like, he can only rarely go in a store with me. When he does, he can’t go to the register and I have to purchase his items for him. If he can’t go into the store but waits in the car, he will have to lay down in the backseat sometimes so that people can’t see him. He thinks someone will harm him if they see him, and he has thought that he must leave with strangers before because if he doesn’t, something bad will happen. Once, he thought that a friend from school was going to get her legs chopped off because he didn’t go with someone he saw in a parking lot once.
I also used the words chronic, persistent and debilitating as often as I could.
He was approved in about 2 or 3 months with no outside help.
He had also been in the hospital 5 times in the previous 10 months until they found the right meds for him.
I stressed some of the ways he had put himself in physical harm as well like standing in the middle of traffic, trying to get out of a moving car, etc.
I put all of the ugly truth out there. I’m not sure if that’s what did it or not, but I didn’t sugar coat anything.