Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Applying for Social Security Disability with Cushing's syndrome

I came across a thread in a cushing's syndrome forum and the poster essentially said the following (paraphrased by me, of course): "I am having financial difficulty since my condition, cushing syndrome, prevents me from working. I am considering filing for disability with social security.

Now imagine the sound of screeching brakes or a phonograph needle being dragged across an old-fashioned record album.

I run across this sentiment all the time, in forums and in non-virtual life. And I always feel compelled to state the following---if you have a physical or mental impairment (or both) and your condition either A. prevents you from working or B. prevents you from working and earning substantial, gainful income, you need to file for disability.

And you need to do this immediately. Reason? The disability application and appeal process with social security is no cake walk. It takes a fair amount of paperwork and a LOT of time. Chances are, unless you are one of the lucky 30 thirty percent who will get approved for disability benefits on the first application, you will probably have to file a first appeal and then a second appeal (the first appeal is called a request for reconsideration and the second appeal is called a request for hearing). And both appeals together can easily consume two years or more of your time, making it very difficult for your survive financially.

So, if you think your condition disables you, don't just consider filing for disability benefits----contact your nearest social security office and advise them that you need to apply. They will at that point set up an appointment for you to be interviewed for a disability application.

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

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Social Security Definition of disability for a child
24 month waiting period and Social Security Disability
How your past work affects your Social Security Disability or SSI decision?
SSD, SSDI, SSI impairments list
Appealing a denial of Social Security Disability or SSI
How long does your condition have to last to qualify for disability?
What SSA means by disabled and disability
Filing for disability with psoriatic arthritis
Temporary Social Security Disability SSI
Social Security Disability SSI reviews
What does Social Security Disability SSI pay, how much?
How to file for disability in Maryland
Time on a Social Security Disability Decision
How to apply for disability for a child or children

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