Moderate Limitations in the Domain of Social Functioning

“The claimant is not a good candidate for work with the general public, but she can perform adequately, task not subject to a great deal of stress of social interaction.”  Such was the finding of an ALJ in a disability claim. On review by the Appeals Council, it was found that the, “statement is internally inconsistent. . . .”  According to SSR 85-16, mental limitations “must be demonstrated through a detailed assessment of the individual’s capacity to perform and sustain mental activities which are critical to work performance.”  Moderate limitations in this area of functioning may significantly impair the ability to respond appropriately to supervision, co-workers, and usual work situations (SSR 85-15, SSR 96-8p).