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Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits for “Invisible Illnesses”

Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits for “Invisible Illnesses”

Just for a moment, close your eyes, and think about the term “disability.” You likely imagined a person in a wheelchair or perhaps a disabled individual with a limitation that is evident by looking at them.

However, some disabilities are not visible to untrained eyes. These invisible illnesses can severely restrict a person’s ability to lead a normal lifestyle and create many obstacles in their daily lives.

They can have a menacing effect as physical disability and, therefore, is just as debilitating. Do you have an invisible illness? Are you eligible for social security disability benefits? Here’s all you need to know:

What Is An Invisible Illness?

Invisible illness is an umbrella term for any medical condition that’s not visible to others. There’s no strict medical definition available, but any disease that affects a person’s ability to conduct their lives as they would  like can be constituted as an invisible illness.

Here’s a stat for you: 96% of people with chronic medical conditions live with an invisible illness. Unfortunately, it can often be an isolating experience for people who struggle with such conditions.

In many cases, they have to suffer alone as others don’t understand their symptoms, or worse, don’t believe they exist in the first place. You may qualify for “benefits for people with disabilities” if you worked long enough and paid your Social Security taxes.

Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits for “Invisible Illnesses”

Which Invisible Illnesses Qualify For SSD Benefits?

According to the Social Security Administration’s blue book, here are some common invisible illnesses that qualify for SSD benefits:

  • Arthritis
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chronic dizziness
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Renal failure
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury

Mental health conditions, including anxiety, major depressive episodes, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), also qualify for disability benefits.

Eligibility For SSD Benefits

If you have any of these invisible illnesses mentioned above, you may qualify for SSD benefits, provided that the disability is terminal or expected to last for at least a year and render you unable to perform any kind of work.

Moreover, you should be under the care of a physician and following their treatment plan. The symptoms and severity of your disease, as well as how it affects your ability to work, must be documented by a medical doctor.

If you have an invisible illness and are planning to apply for SSD benefits to cover, get in touch with The Law Offices of Lisa Douglas. 

Based in North Little Rock, AR, a legal firm that will help you navigate the social security system and obtain the compensation you deserve.

schedule a consultation, give us a call at 501-798-0004 today!


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