10 Most Common Conditions

Top 10 Conditions for Social Security Disability Claims (2022 Update)

There are many mental and physical health conditions that may lead to someone filing for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration has a Blue Book listing certain qualifications for Social Security disability benefits based on specific conditions. If you meet the medical eligibility and income criteria and have enough Social Security work credits, you may get approved for monthly disability benefits.



What Health Conditions Qualify Most Often for Social Security Disability?

Some health conditions appear more often than others on approved SSD claims. Muscle, back and joint disorders (such as back pain and arthritis) appeared on 37% of newly approved disability claims in 2020. Cancer and other tumors appeared on 12% of all approved SSD claims that same year, taking 2nd place. In third place, 11% of approved claims listed heart and circulatory system-related disorders, including congestive heart failure, stroke or coronary artery disease.

Fourth, we have mental health-related issues making up just under 1 in 10 claims (9% of approvals in 2020). Here’s a closer look at what falls under the mental disorders category:

  1. 4.75% were for mood disorders such as anxiety, depression or PTSD
  2. 2.6% were for all other mental disorders combined
  3. 2.1% were for organic mental disorders, including dementia
  4. 1.9% were for schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  5. 1% were for intellectual disabilities, such as Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome
  6. .5% were for autistic disorders

Nervous system-related disorders came in fifth place, which includes conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

10 Most Common SSD Conditions Infographic

Learn more while you scan the complete conditions list in our infographic below:


The list also includes respiratory system disorders like emphysema, infections and parasitic diseases such as meningitis or post-Covid syndrome, and digestive system disorders like Crohn’s disease.

The Social Security disability application process is both confusing and time-consuming for most people. Having an experienced Social Security attorney file your claim makes you nearly 3x more likely to receive SSD benefits. Because these lawyers all work on contingency, you can sign up for a free, no-obligation consultation about your claim. This consultation can happen over the phone, and you’ll get confidential advice that applies to your specific situation. If you do have a lawyer file your claim, that attorney cannot get paid any money until after you win a cash settlement. And if your case does win, you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee under federal law.

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Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as Match.com, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity, Mail.com, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.