That sounds great! I said about the same things for my private insurance company as well as for Social Security and didn't have any problems getting things approved.
Are there any more physical symptoms besides the joints swelling that she can describe? Like the repeating things, the slowness in thinking, the forgetfulness --- those are cognitive (thinking) issues, not really depression -- so they can be grouped together.
Swollen joints, pain, brain involvement, depression -- ok.
Now think about adding other stuff if it applies -- any rashes, stomach complaints, hard to sit, hard to stand, back pain, headache, fatigue, insomnia, -- anything you can think of that will affect whether or not you can perform a simple job --
Best wishes, and remember those folks are just people too. My attorney told me to picture them all in their underwear and not be afraid.
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