The Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that the most common disabilities for which workers receive SSDI benefits include:
- Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (35.4%). These diseases can cause disability (including chronic pain or stiffness) due to bone or joint deformity or damage (injury), disorders of the spine (back), amputations, fractures, or soft tissue injuries, including burns.
- Mental disorders (18%). Eligible disorders in the Blue Book listings include:
- Organic mental disorders (brain damage from disease or injury).
- Schizophrenia, paranoia and other psychotic disorders.
- Affective disorders (including manic or depressive syndromes).
- Intellectual disability (significantly sub-average IQ).
- Anxiety-related disorders (phobias, obsessions or compulsions).
- Somatoform disorders (mental disorders for which there are no demonstrable organic findings or known physiological causes).
- Personality disorders (causing either significant impairment in social or occupational functioning, or subjective distress).
- Substance addiction disorders (alcoholism and drug addiction).
- Autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders (including Asperger’s syndrome).
- Diseases of the circulatory system (10.6%). This includes peripheral arterial disease and chronic venous insufficiency in the lower extremities (the legs).
- Neoplasms (9.5%). Neoplasms are abnormal tissue growth, including tumors and cancers, such as breast cancer, lung cancer, liver or gall bladder cancer, etc., as well as leukemia or myeloma (bone marrow cancer).
- Diseases of the nervous system and sense organs (8%). Common neurological disabilities include epilepsy, Parkinson’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and muscular dystrophy. Diseases of the sense organs can cause loss of vision (visual acuity) or blindness, hearing loss or deafness, or loss of speech (the ability to be heard or understood, or to sustain speech).
- “Other” impairments (18.5%).
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- Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, Social Security Administration
- Listing of Impairments – Adult Listings (Part A) , Social Security Administration