What Are the Most Common Disabilities Seen Among SSDI/SSI Applicants?

There are many reasons that people might want to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, some types of disabilities are far more common than others, making up a larger proportion of the people who seek SSDI and SSI benefits. Here are seven of the most common disability seen among  SSDI and SSI applicants:

  1. Musculoskeletal disorders
    • These types of disorders are those that affect the muscles, bones, cartilage, ligaments, or tendons of a person, limiting mobility and often impacting a person’s ability to work. Some of the most common disabilities in this category include arthritis, spine injuries, scoliosis, and carpal tunnel syndrome, among others.
  2. Mood disorders
    • This type of psychological disorder is extremely common, affecting a person’s mood and potentially affecting their anxiety and energy levels. Some of the most common disabilities in this category include major depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
  3. Nervous system disorders
    • These disorders are those that affect the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system of a person. This may include infections like polio or meningitis, degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease or ALS, or traumatic brain injuries.
  4. Intellectual disabilities
    • Another type of common disabilities seen among applicants for Social Security disability benefits are those with intellectual disabilities. These are developmental disorders that can impair a person’s ability to learn and function in a professional environment, such as Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, fragile X syndrome, and other disorders that can affect a person’s physical and mental development.
  5. Cardiovascular issues
    • Cardiovascular disorders are also among the most common disabilities seen in SSDI and SSI applicants. These are disorders that affect the heart or lungs, as well as the rest of the circulatory system, including arrhythmia, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart failure.
  6. Psychotic disorders
    • Psychotic disorders are also surprisingly common among SSDI and SSI applicants. These disorders, which include schizophrenia and other similar mental issues, can cause someone to suffer from delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thinking, severely impacting their ability to work or function in daily life.
  7. Cancers and other abnormal growths
    • Sadly, one of the most common disabilities seen among SSDI and SSi applicants is cancer. As cancers progress, they can cause increasingly severe impairment, and, depending on the type of cancer, can become fatal. Even if successfully treated, it can still have a severe negative impact on your daily life.

If you or a loved one need assistance applying for SSDI or SSI benefits, it is important that you seek the guidance of an experienced Social Security Disability benefits lawyer. The lawyers at Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP have over 50 years of combined experience between its attorneys and are available to you or your loved one in obtaining Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. To schedule a consultation with our New York Social Security Disability benefits lawyers, call (631) 823-7155.

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