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Medical Conditions – Eligibility for SSDI Benefits

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On this page you’ll find a list of medical conditions that could qualify you for receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. These impairments are listed in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Blue Book. In order to meet SSDI criteria your condition should meet a Blue Book listing (or its equivalent) and be severe enough to prevent you from working for at least one year.


Remember, if your condition doesn’t exactly meet a listing, the Disability Determination Services (DDS) will evaluate the physical limitations of your disability combined with your past work experience and ability to acquire new skills that would allow you to engage in substantial gainful activity.


The SSA also offers an expedited process to those whose disabilities are extremely severe. Both the Compassionate Allowance (CAL) and the Quick Disability Determinations (QDDS) are fast-track processes that use technology to allow the SSA to identify claimants that clearly meet SSA’s definition of disability.  Expedited processes help to serve those in critical need faster and relieve the system of its workload to serve additional claimants.


The top 2 medical conditions to receive SSDI benefits are mental disorders (35%) and diseases of the musculo-skeletal system and connective tissue (28.2%). The other medical conditions that tend to get approved are conditions related to the:


  • Nervous system and sense organs (9.4%)
  • Circulatory system (7.5%)
  • Injuries (3.7%)
  • Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases (3.0%)
  • Neoplasms (2.8%)
  • Respiratory system (1.6%)
  • Digestive system (1.5%)
  • Genito-urinary system (1.6%)
  • Infectious and parasitic diseases (1.3%)


Take a look at the medical conditions listed below and click on any for further information on the disease and the conditions necessary to meet SSDI qualifications.


Cardiovascular Problems

Conditions affecting the heart


Digestive Problems

Conditons affecting the digestive tract


Endocrine Problems

Conditions affecting the glands in the body that produce and release hormonese


Genitourinary Problems

Conditions affecting the reproductive and the urinary systems


Hematological Problems

Conditions affecting the blood


Immune Problems

Conditions affecting the body from fighting infections and diseases


Malignant Neoplastic Problems

Conditons for various cancers


Multiple Body System Problems

Conditions affecting multiple parts of the body


Musculoskeletal Problems

Conditions affecting the muscles, bones, and joints


Neurological Problems

Conditions affecting the nervous system


Mental Disorders

Conditions affecting the behavioral and mental patterns


Respiratory Problems

Conditons affecting the lungs and other parts of the body that help with oxygen exchange


Senses & Speech

Conditions affecting the vision, hearing, and speech


Skin Problems

Conditions affecting the skin