Specialists usually have more credibility than primary care providers because they have more expertise with specific conditions. For example, if you have an orthopedic problem, have your primary care doctor refer you to an orthopedist. If you have a neurological problem, seek a referral to a neurologist. If you have arthritis or fibromyalgia, see a rheumatologist. If you have a heart problem, see a cardiologist.
This is especially important with regard to mental impairments. (Most people who are disabled and unable to work have some degree of resultant anxiety and/or depression.) Many people are awarded disability based on mental impairments alone. We encourage people with mental impairments to seek treatment beyond what a primary care doctor can provide. We recommend referrals to a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, counselor, social worker, or someone else who specializes in mental health.