The biggest problem areas I have seen recently in Social Security Hearings:

Unemployment benefits. Some judges believe it is inconsistent to get unemployment and ask for Social Security Disability.

Drugs and Alcohol. Big time problems if you cannot show treatment.

Following a Diabetic diet. Do you have diabetes? Are you compliant? Do you eat right. Some judges are starting to ask these questions.

Travel a lot? Seems to imply that you are not disabled if you can drive or fly long distances.

Babysitting. Some judges treat this like a job, even if it is for family on a sporadic basis.

Questions about what Social Security Judges look for? Call Illinois Social Security Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.