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How to Apply for SSD or SSI Disability - What medical conditions can you apply for?




 
You may apply for Social Security disability or SSI 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. The following pages address eligibility: Note: If you do not qualify for SSD due to insufficient 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? Medical conditions that may qualify for disability benefits fall into both physical and mental impairment categories. Social Security maintains a list of conditions with specific criteria for approval.

Most individuals who file for disability will not be approved via a listed condition since the requirements are very specific. Most individuals will be approved by a disability examiner (or a judge at a hearing) considering their medical problems and then deciding if their functional limitations prevent past work and also rule out other types of work. A person's work skills, education, and age are also given consideration when decisions are made.

Note: Very few disability applications ever cite just one condition. Most will cite several conditions and often they are a mixture of both physical and mental conditions. It is important for anyone applying for disability to list every condition they have since this will impact an adjudicator's decision as to whether or not they can still engage in work activity.

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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  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center



    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability and SSI Back Pay Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    How long does it take for Social Security Disability or SSI?

    Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices




    Tips, Mistakes, How to Qualify, and How to Win Disability

    Tips and Advice for Social Security Disability and SSI Claims

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify for Disability Benefits

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI, How to Win




    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Social Security Disability and SSI Appeal Process - How to file appeals

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney




    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    SSI Disability Benefits, Questions and Answers

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security




    Information to start with regarding Disability Claims

    An Overview of Social Security Disability and SSI

    What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?

    The Disability Requirements to be eligible for SSD and SSI Benefits




    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability and SSI Applications

    Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions and Impairments

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits




    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI



    The SSDRC Disability Blog




    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Getting disability in North Carolina








    Related pages:

    Filing for disability and the information Social Security needs
    How to apply for disability and where to apply
    What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
    What happens after I file my disability claim with Social Security?
    What happens after a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim has been taken and is Pending
    If you get denied on a disability application do you have to file a new application?
    How the Decision on a Disability Application or Appeal Under SSDI or SSI is Made
    Court and a Lawyer to get approved for disability
    Decisions on disability applications, fully and partially favorable



    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