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Qualifying medical conditions to receive SSD benefits

You've heard it time and time again-if you have a disability that is going to last more than a year and affects your ability to work while also preventing you from any form of gainful activity, then you may be eligible to receive federal Social Security Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. But, what does this really mean-what is meant by a disability?

Put simply, it revolves around your ability to work. According to the Social Security Administration, that means you cannot do the work you did before, the medical condition you have prevents you from adjusting to other types of work and the disability is going to last for more than a year. Again, that might raise a similar question-so what is considered a disability?

The Social Security Administration issues a blue book that contains a list of impairments that automatically qualify a person for SSD benefits. A person's condition should meet or be equivalent to the listings that include both physical and mental impairments. For example, cardiovascular conditions such as coronary artery disease, respiratory illnesses such as asthma, mental disorders such as depression and skin disorders such as dermatitis are all listed in the blue book. A person's condition doesn't have to match the exact description given in the book, but it should be at least medically equivalent.

At the end of the day, the whole process can be confusing for someone-comparing one's symptoms to a generic list can be frustrating and unrewarding. It may be beneficial to consult someone knowledgeable with the SSD application process who can provide guidance on what type of evidence should be included or excluded.

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