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A List of Common Disabilities

Listed below are the most common disabilities, disorders and diseases with which the Social Security Administration (SSA) deals on a daily basis.

Common Disabilities, Disorders and Diseases

Categories of Disabilities:

As defined in the Social Security Act, a "disability" is the "inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months." It's important to understand that not everyone uses the same definition as Social Security. Your doctor, hospital, and even other governmental agencies will use different definitions, which can lead to confusion for many claimants. For example, some agencies’ definition of "disability" allows for partial disability. Social Security, however, does not provide for partial disability.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive nor should it be your sole source of inquiries and research on a disorder or disease. The most reliable source of information on disability and disease is, of course, your doctor. However, once you have been diagnosed, this list will give you insight as to the likelihood that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will recognize your disease or disorder as one deserving of Disability Benefits.

Please note that severity of the disorder or the disease is an important factor in deciding whether or not you will receive benefits. Just because your disorder or disease is on this list does not make you per se eligible to receive disability benefits. Likewise, if your disorder or disease is not on this list, that does not automatically preclude you from receiving disability benefits. Once you have been diagnosed, the most accurate way of getting a glimpse of what your chance of receiving disability payments might be is to contact one of our experienced Social Security attorneys or advocates.

Most Frequently Viewed Disabilities