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What medical conditions can I get disability for?

"Has Anyone Ever Received Social Security Disability for this condition?"

I tend to come across statements like this in forums that are devoted to the discussion of various medical impairments. Has anyone ever received disability for PCOS?, Is chronic fatigue considered a disability?, Does social security award disability benefits for autism?, Is it possible to get SSI for attention deficit?.... The list, of course, goes on and on.

It's understandable that people would wonder about their potential eligibility for disability benefits on the basis of having a specific condition. However, the entire social security disability process is based on functionality. And what that means is this: the condition you have is not the real issue for rendering a decision on a disability case. The real issue behind each disability determination is what a claimant is still capable of doing despite the effects of their illness.

In social security lingo, what a person is still capable of doing, despite their condition, is known as residual functional capacity. And when a claimant's medical records are gathered and evaluated, the entire point is to determine what the person is still capable of doing (despite their illness).

The evaluation of a claimant's medical records is distilled onto something called an RFC form that addresses how much weight a claimant is capable of lifting, how long a claimant is capable of standing of sitting, whether or not a claimant can crouch , or stoop, or reach overhead, and a host of other restrictions that might apply.

What is the purpose of completing this RFC form? To allow the disability examiner who is working on the case to determine whether or not the claimant is capable of performing their past work or is capable of performing some other type of work.

The ability, or inability, to engage in work activity is really at the heart of the social security definition of disability. And it is for this reason that the specific physical or mental condition that a person has is only as important in terms of how it limits their ability to work. And, for this reason, it is concievable that nearly any condition could potentially result in an approval of disability benefits.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability attorneys and representatives
What is the status of your social security disability or SSI case
Rules and requirements to apply for disability
Will I qualify for disability?
Apply for disability for any medical condition
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
If your disability claim is approved or denied
Social Security Award letter for SSD, SSI
Temporary Social Security Disability SSI
Social Security Disability SSI reviews
How social security evaluates attention deficit
Filing for disability with Post polio syndrome
Tips for Getting Disability Approved
How far back Social Security will pay SSDI or SSI
SSI award notices are received by approved claimants
Winning and getting disability with a mental condition
Getting disability for rheumatoid arthritis
Can you work if you get Disability?
Who qualifies for SSI and how
How to file for disability and where to apply
Conditions that may qualify as disability
Denied on a disability application
Answering questions at a Social Security Disability hearing