Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply for disability for?
How to prove you are disabled
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You may apply for Social Security disability for any medical condition (or conditions) that--
1. Can be considered severe,
2. Prevents you from being able to engage in work activity that could be classified as substantially gainful, and
3. Has lasted twelve months or more, or is expected to last twelve months or more.
Regarding item three, this does not mean that you have to wait twelve months before filing a claim for social security disability or SSI disability since the limiting effects of your condition may be projected by social security.
In other words, if your physical or mental condition prevents you from being able to work, you should file a Social Security disability claim.
Note: If you do not qualify for SSD due to insuffient work credits, it is possible that an SSI disability claim may be filed (the determination of what you can apply for will be made by the social security office where you apply).
What are some of the conditions that individuals file disability claims for? Regarding physical impairments, disability applications often cite the following problems: osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis), heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, MS, irritable bowel syndrome, crohn's disease, peripheral artery disease, various forms of cancer, eye problems, hearing problems, epilepsy, asthma, COPD, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, muscular dystrophy, and meniere's disease.
Regarding mental impairments (psychological and psychiatric), disability applications often include the following problems: bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, low IQ, personality disorder, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, autism, asperger's, and mental retardation.
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