Qualifying for SSD With Invisible Disabilities

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Invisible disabilities go hand-in-hand with questions surrounding legitimacy and work ability. These same issues ring true when applying for financial assistance through the Social Security disability program. Thankfully, there are ways to prove your case and better secure the benefits you deserve.



Common Invisible Disabilities and Their Conditions for Disability Benefits

According to the Invisible Disabilities Association, invisible disabilities most commonly manifest themselves through the following symptoms:

  • Debilitating pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive dysfunctions
  • Brain injuries
  • Learning differences
  • Mental health disorders
  • Vision and hearing issues

These impairments manifest in a variety of conditions, which may qualify individuals for monthly Social Security disability benefits. Some of the most common conditions approved for SSD benefits are as follows:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Depression
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Autism

In fact, cancer survivors often fall under the invisible disabilities category. This is often due to chronic conditions resulting from chemotherapy treatments. With the proper medical documentation, these conditions often meet the criteria outlined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Invisible Disabilities

When it comes time to apply for disability benefits, all applicants must meet the specific guidelines outlined by the Social Security Administration (SSA). These guidelines include having worked jobs covered by Social Security, having a medical issue that meets the SSA’s definition of disability, and being unable to hold gainful employment for at least 12 months. Candidates who believe they meet this standard are encouraged to apply for disability benefits as soon as possible.

Applicants are expected to collect all medical documentation that will best support their claim and valuable evidence that shows the impact their disability has on their daily life. When it comes to proving an invisible disability or mental impairment further evidence, like test results or doctors notes may be needed to show the validity of your claim.

How Free Legal Representation Can Help

If you’ve been diagnosed with an invisible disability and you are looking to apply for SSD benefits, we understand how daunting the task may seem. Luckily, experienced Social Security Disability advocates or attorneys can offer a wide variety of assistance when applying. For example, having legal assistance can help you with collecting proper medical documentation, deal with the SSA on your behalf, and if necessary represent you during the appeals process. If you’re ready to contact a legal representative in your area, click on the button below and get started today.

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