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What kinds of conditions may qualify for Social Security Disability?

The Social Security Disability (SSDI) program is a federal insurance program that provides benefits to disabled workers and their dependents. 

A disability must be expected to last at least 12 months or result in death to qualify for benefits. Every application has to be carefully reviewed to see if the evidence supports the applicant’s claim, so many people worry whether they have a condition that the Social Security Administration recognizes. 

14 adult impairments that could qualify for SSDI

These are not the only conditions that can be considered disabling. Rather, they represent broad categories of potentially disabling conditions. They include:

  1. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD): These impairments can affect the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage and spinal discs. 
  2. Disorders of the special senses and speech: Impairments to the senses can affect sight, speech and hearing.
  3. Respiratory disorders: Common respiratory disorders include tuberculosis, pulmonary hypertension, mesothelioma, asthma, cystic fibrosis and emphysema.
  4. Cardiovascular issues: Any disorder or impairment that affects the circulatory system (veins, arteries, capillaries, lymphatic drainage and more).
  5. Digestive issues: Any impairment or disorder that affects the digestive system (digestive tract, esophagus, stomach, intestines, colon, rectum and so on).
  6. Genitourinary disorders: Problems that affect the urinary or genital tracts are known as genitourinary disorders.
  7. Hematological disorders: These issues involve the blood and related organs (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, bone marrow, lymph nodes, and spleen).
  8. Skin disorders: There is a range of conditions that affect the skin (bacterial infections, viral infections, fungal infections, allergic reactions, skin cancers and parasites).
  9. Endocrine disorders: The endocrine glands produce hormones, and can have multiple impairments.
  10. Congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems: There are several disorders and impairments that fit into this category, including Tay-Sachs disease, caudal regression syndrome, phenylketonuria, trisomy X syndrome, fragile X syndrome and fetal alcohol syndrome.
  11. Neurological disorders: Disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout the body are known as neurological disorders.
  12. Mental disorders: Issues with mental capacity or function include autism, ADHS, learning and intellectual disabilities, as well as various mental disorders like schizophrenia, depression and PTSD.
  13. Cancer: Many common cancers are disabling, especially if they are in the late stages or reoccurring.
  14. Immune system disorders: Some disorders and impairments can affect the immune system, including Lupus, polymyositis, scleroderma, vasculitis, HIV and more.

If your SSDI claim has been denied, don’t give up. Some experienced assistance can help you overcome problems with your claim.