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What Does Social Security Consider to Be a Disability?

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What Does Social Security Consider to Be a Disability?

The Social Security Administration provides benefits to millions of impaired individuals living in the United States. These impairments include both physical and mental conditions that would get in the way of a person’s ability to function like an able-bodied adult normally would. Before providing an individual with these benefits that can help them survive due to their inability to have a job and work for lengthy periods, an individual must meet certain requirements. The Social Security Administration considers hundreds of different conditions disabilities that would make a person eligible to receive these benefits each month.

Something That Limits Your Physical Abilities

When something limits your physical abilities and will continue to do so for years or for the rest of your life, it is often considered a disability. For example, you may have been involved in an accident that left you paralyzed from the waist down. If you can no longer use your legs and you are confined to a wheelchair throughout the day, there are not many job prospects available to you. However, this can make it hard for you to live your life because you do not have a way to support yourself. If you have any condition that limits your physical ability to do something, such as standing for lengthy periods, lifting heavy objects, or completing repetitive tasks, you may be eligible for the disability benefits.

Some examples of physical disabilities include:

  • Spinal cord injuries that prevent you from walking, running, or standing on your own.
  • Missing limbs from accidents or necessary amputation.
  • Severe back injuries that cause you to live with chronic, debilitating pain.
  • Muscular dystrophy that may quickly cause a decline in your mobility.

These are only a few of the dozens of different physical disabilities that are listed as qualifying impairments for those that are interested in applying for and receiving Social Security Disability benefits.

Something That Prevents You from Working for the Next 12 Months or Longer

In addition to having a condition that limits your physical abilities and prevents you from having a normal job, you may have a condition that prevents you from being able to work for at least 12 months or possibly even longer than that. If you were injured in an accident, there may be a possibility that you will eventually feel well enough to get back to work. However, if the recovery is going to take several years, along with various surgical procedures and hundreds of hours of therapy, you may need to collect disability benefits until you are feeling better and can work again.

If you have a mental health condition, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Not all disabilities are obvious and noticeable. These are some of the mental health conditions that could make you eligible to receive these benefits:

  • Bipolar disorder. Commonly known as manic depression, bipolar disorder can cause individuals to go through manic phases and depressive phases. Because it is not always easy to predict when these phases will occur, they can be very disruptive to a person’s life. For this reason, those with this disorder may be able to receive disability benefits.
  • Borderline personality disorder. Those with borderline personality disorder often struggle with feelings of insecurity while acting out on impulsivity. These individuals tend to make random irrational decisions that can have serious consequences. Some people with this disorder suffer from depression and may even contemplate suicide.
  • Severe anxiety. Most people will experience anxiety at some point in their lives, but some people have it much worse than others. Those that experience anxiety on a day-to-day basis with no real rhyme or reason to it may need to take anxiety medication to ease some of the symptoms of their condition. If it is too hard to hold down a job, someone with anxiety can get approved for disability benefits.

If you are diagnosed with a mental health condition, do not assume that you cannot receive Social Security Disability benefits because your condition is not physical. Many mental illnesses are included on the Social Security Administration’s list of qualifying impairments.

Disabled and Trying to Get Social Security? Work with a Skilled Disability Attorney

Do you have a disability that is making it hard for you to work? If you are worried about how you will survive, disability benefits can truly come in handy. When you want to apply for these benefits, it is best to have a skilled disability attorney there to help you. Walton Law as a successful track record getting clients the benefits they are entitled to (because of a disability). Contact us today at 251-455-5819 or message us online to schedule a free consultation.

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