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SSD benefits may cover physical, mental disorders and injuries

The questions swirl inside your head now that a medical ailment may permanently prevent you from ever working. You understand that you may apply and perhaps receive Social Security disability (SSD) benefits because you have been a longtime worker and paid into the government system for decades.

But who qualifies for SSD payments? What types of ailments must you have that would allow you to secure these necessary funds to help you and my family? Actually, the list is long. And it does not merely focus on a single category of either injuries, medical conditions or mental illnesses. It encompasses all of them. Having any of these ailments may qualify you to obtain SSD benefits.

Arthritis, PTSD, diabetes are among the ailments

Here is a list of the more common ailments that may qualify you for receiving Social Security disability benefits:

  • Joint pain, back pain and related injuries, arthritis.
  • Respiratory ailments that may include asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.
  • Anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Mental disorders such as depression, autism spectrum-related conditions and intellectual disabilities.
  • Ailments related to the circulatory system, including heart failure, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and strokes.
  • Sensory ailments that include loss of hearing as well as visual impairment.
  • Autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, lupus, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Nervous system disorders that include epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
  • Cancer, but only certain forms that are typically aggressive or terminal.
  • Blood-related ailments such as HIV/AIDS, lymphoma and leukemia.

Remember, it does not have to just be a physical injury or medical disorder that may qualify you for SSD disability benefits. Certain mental disorders also are considered by the Social Security Administration when you seek these important benefits.