In many cases, the disabilities that people have when they begin seeking SSD benefits are physical in nature. An example could be someone who was injured in a car accident and now has limited mobility below the waist. They can still live a long and fulfilling life, but these issues could make it impossible for them to ever return to the work that they used to do.
It is also important, however, to remember that the disabilities that someone suffers do not have to be physical in nature. They may be mental or emotional disabilities, or things that people otherwise would consider to be “invisible” disabilities. The physical signs are not nearly as obvious, but these disabilities can still have a dramatic impact on someone’s life.
What are some examples?
The thing to keep in mind when considering these types of disabilities is that not every single case is going to be enough to qualify. For example, something like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can certainly be a disability. But there are also those suffering from PTSD who are still fully able to work and hold down a job. PTSD can manifest very differently from one person to the next, and so the symptoms can be quite different in severity.
PTSD is just one example of ailments that the SSA considers, and a few other could include things like:
- Eating disorders
- Clinical depression
- Extreme anxiety
- Bipolar disorder
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
These are just a few examples and certainly not an exhaustive list. For those who are dealing with them, it is very important to meet with medical professionals to determine the severity of the disorder and how it is going to realistically impact your life. This can be used as evidence to show that you will no longer be able to work because of the onset or development of this disorder.
As you work your way through this process, be sure you fully understand all of your legal options by discussing your situation with an attorney who handles disability cases.