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For what medical conditions can you be approved for disability?
This is actually one of the few good points that can be said about the SSA system that adjudicates social security disability and ssi disability claims. You can be approved on the basis of any medical condition, regardless of whether or not that condition is specifically listed in the SSA impairment listing manual.
Why is this? Simply because the focus of the social security disability and SSI disability programs is on the claimant's residual functional capacity which is defined as what a disability claimant is still able to do despite their medical, psychological, or psychiatric condition.
So, can you be approved for disability for depression? Yes, if your depression prevents you from working and earning the SGA amount (substantial gainful activity) for at least twelve months.
Can you be approved for disability for diabetes? Same answer. Can you be approved for disability for arthritis? Same answer. Can you be approved for disability for crohn's disease? Same answer. Can you be approved for fibromyalgia? Same answer (by now, I'm sure you get the point).
Important note: though some disability claimants will be approved for disability on the basis of medical conditions for which the eligibility requirements are listed in the impairment listing manual, most approvals will be rendered as a medical vocational allowance, which is an approval based on a consideration of a claimant's current limitations (functional restrictions), age, educational level, and past work experience.
However, in all cases, disability approvals will be based on the information found in a claimant's medical records. For this reason, to properly document the limiting effects of a claimant's medical conditions, a person applying for disability should supply social security with a full listing of their treatment sources, including dates of treatment, names of doctors, and the conditions with which they have been diagnosed.
It probably wouldn't be a bad idea, either, to indicate to your doctor what kind of problems you are having with daily activities in the hopes that the doc may reflect this information in the treatment notes.
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What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives