How To Know If Your Medical Condition Qualifies For Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI)

The Social Security Administration that approves benefits for those who apply have an impairment listings manual called the blue book. Inside, it lists numerous medical conditions and impairments, both mental and physical, that will dictate whether you qualify for SSDI.

Here’s a list of various impairments listed in the blue book:

  1. Musculoskeletal System – includes things like dysfunction of a joint, spinal disorders, amputations, burns and more.
  2. Special Senses and Speech – includes things like loss of visual efficiency, loss of speech, loss of hearing and more.
  3. Respiratory Disorders – includes things like chronic pulmonary insufficiency, asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, sleep-related breathing disorders and more.
  4. Cardiovascular System – includes things like chronic heart failure, ischemic heart disease, heart transplant and more.
  5. Digestive System – includes things like chronic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, weight loss due to a digestive disorder, liver transplants and more.
  6. Genitourinary Disorders – kidney disease.
  7. Hematological Disorders – includes things like chronic anemia, low blood platelet count, coagulation defects (hemophilia), bone marrow disorders, and more.
  8. Skin Disorders – includes things like chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, dermatitis, burns and more.
  9. Endocrine Disorders – includes things like thyroid gland disorders, adrenal gland disorders, diabetes mellitus and more.
  10. Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems – non-mosaic Down syndrome.
  11. Neurological Disorders – includes things like convulsive epilepsy, nonconvulsive epilepsy, Parkinsonian syndrome, cerebral palsy, spinal cord or nerve root lesions, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, peripheral neuropathies, cerebral trauma and more.
  12. Mental Disorders – includes things like organic mental disorders, schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders, mental retardation, anxiety-related disorders, personality disorders, substance addiction disorders, autistic disorder and more.
  13. Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases) – includes things like soft tissue tumors of the head and neck, skin, lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, breast, lungs, esophagus or stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, kidneys, urinary bladder-carcinoma, cancers of the female genital tract-carcinoma, prostrate gland-carcinoma, testicles and more.
  14. Immune System Disorders – includes things like systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, immune deficiency disorders, HIV, inflammatory arthritis and more.

This is just an overview of the many impairments listed in the blue book used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to determine if you qualify for benefits. To see a complete list or to verify that your specific impairment is valid, you can visit the SSA website.

If you think that your specific impairment qualifies, it’s always recommended that you first visit a doctor in order to attain a medical opinion confirming your impairment arming you with verifiable medical proof. It will help make the qualification process easier allowing you to potentially get approved faster for benefits when you go to apply.

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6 Responses
  1. Donald C Penn

    Im currently on SSI for mental disorders. But I do suffer from nerve damage in my spine,lower back before and after surgery,lifetime of asthma and diabetes. My question is do I qualify for an increase in my benefits. I’ve been out of work well over a decade and will be 59 on Sunday. Therefore my retirement benefits will not be much. Thank you for your response.

    1. National Disability Benefits

      Please contact SSA directly at https://www.ssa.gov/agency/contact/phone.html for more assistance.

  2. Leroy Anzures

    2018 they remove my left side kidney as a had a tumor around my kidney then they told me that I had diabetes 2 I met told me I had two spots on my lungs they think it’s cancer but that therefore what you think I cannot afford anything I’m only making $1,470 a month on disability now I had them can I go to work no one’s out want to harm because I take medicine if you can hear me my point of view I would like some help please to pay my bills and buy groceries and pay rent

    1. National Disability Benefits

      Please go to https://national-disability-benefits.org/ to see if you qualify or https://www.ssa.gov/agency/contact/phone.html to start the application for benefits.

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