What is a disability, or medically determinable impairment, for Social Security Disability or SSI?
When a person files for social security disability or SSI disability, they complete a disability application. On the first page of this form, they are asked to list the conditions that affect them and which contribute to their state of disability. Some applicants for disability list only the conditions they believe affect them the most.
However, if you are applying for social security disability or SSI disability benefits, you should probably list every single condition you have. In other words, if you feel you are disabled due to severe degenerative disc disease, but also also have high blood pressure, you should indicate the fact that you have high blood pressure on your disability application.
The reason for this is plain enough. The only way to ensure that your disability claim will receive the consideration it deserves will be to provide the social security administration with all the information it needs. And this includes a complete list of all your various conditions (whether they are physical or mental) as well as a complete list of all your treatment sources.
What is a disabling condition, or what is a disability, according to the social security administration? Simply any physical or mental impairment that satisfies the agency's definition of disability. To learn more about how SSA defines disability, you may wish to view this page: The Social Security definition of Disability
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