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Diseases that qualify for social security disability

Updated April 17, 2017

Social Security provides those with disabilities and those who suddenly find themselves with a disability the peace of mind of having financial support from the government. The list of disabilities that may qualify is quite extensive; however, each case is evaluated on its own merit, since disorders vary from person to person in severity.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

These disorders are accompanied by pain or limited function of the muscles, joints and nerves that severely affect the neck, spine and upper body movement. Some of these disorders may include spinal stenosis, spinal arachnoiditis, osteoarthritis, spina bifida, achondroplasia and scoliosis.

Cardiovascular System Illnesses

These illnesses result in an interruption of proper circulation of blood and functioning of the heart. Some examples of these illnesses include ischemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, Kawasaki disease and Marfan syndrome.

Neurological Disorders

These disorders result from a disturbance in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. Some qualifying disorders may include epilepsy, brain tumours, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy and syringomyelia.

Digestive System Disorders

These illnesses affect the regions of the body that are responsible for food digestion and removal of waste. Some disorders may include gastrointestinal haemorrhage, chronic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome and chronic hepatitis.

Respiratory System Illnesses

Illnesses that negatively affect an individual's ability to breathe may qualify as a disability. Some include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary vascular disease.

Mental Disorders

Disorders involving psychological effects of the brain and abnormal behavioural patterns include schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder, Tourette's syndrome and mental retardation.

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Leonor Crossley has been a graphic designer and writer since 1995, with entertainment and other articles written for "Max Magazine" in Jacksonville, NC, and various websites. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.