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Always list every one of your medical conditions, physical or mental, when you file for disability
Disability cases are almost never won on the basis of one single condition. They are usually won on the basis of several conditions which most people usually have when they apply for disability.
Are you required to have several conditions in order to win disability benefits? No; however the way you win disability benefits is to establish as many physical or mental limitations as possible so that, under the Social Security administration definition of disability, it can be shown that A) you do not have the capability to either go back to work you did in the past and B) you do not have the ability to perform some type of other work.
Other work is work that you might ordinarily be able to switch to based on your age, your work skills, your education, and your current level of residual functional capacity (residual functional capacity is what you can still do mentally and physically even with your overall condition).
The more physical or mental limitations you have, the more likely it will be that it can be proven that you no longer have the ability to engage in work activity. And, of course, the more physical or mental impairments that are listed on the disability application, the easier it will be to show a wider range of physical or mental limitations.
It is for this very reason that individuals who file for disability are advised to list every single one of their conditions at the time of their application. Leaving just one of your conditions off your disability application could make the difference between winning or losing a claim. This could be the case even for a condition that you have, but that you do not think actually makes you disabled.
For example, it is often the case that an individual is approved for disability, but not for the condition that they thought would actually get them awarded disability benefits, such as filing for arthritis but actually being awarded for a mood disorder.
And, of course, in many cases it is not simply one medical condition that will result in a case being awarded for benefits, but, rather, the limitations that result from two or more conditions, for example degenerative disc disease, arthritis, and depression.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Tips for Getting Disability Approved When you File with Social Security
Tips on how to file for disability
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Tips to Prepare for Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI
What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?
Always list all your various symptoms on your Disability Application
List every medical condition, physical or mental, when you file for disability
Never minimize your pain or other symptoms because this can be used against you
Be ready for your disability application before the process even starts
A Tip for Making a Request for a Disability Hearing
Social Security Disability Advice from the Wrong Sources
Can the Social Security Office give you Bad Advice on a Disability Claim?
Financial Help When You Are Filing For Disability
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria