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Why is it harder to get SSD with invisible disabilities?

Many classifications of medical illnesses and disabilities help determine if someone is considered disabled in the eyes of the Social Security Administration (SSA). Losing a limb, blindness and skin diseases are all disabilities that might qualify someone for Social Security Disability (SSD).

 While there are many obvious disabilities that many people can point out, there are some disabilities that aren’t as noticeable. They cannot be “spotted” like paralysis. These are often referred to as “invisible” disabilities. While people with invisible disabilities are genuinely suffering, it can be harder for them to receive disability benefits.

What exactly are invisible disabilities?

There are several medical factors that the SSA considers before an “invisible” disability may be considered qualifying for disability. There is often an examination of how serious and debilitating symptoms of a medical condition are before considering someone in need of financial assistance. Some common “invisible” disabilities may include:

  • Migraines
  • Cancer
  • Lupus
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia

The list could go on, but there may be new “invisible” disabilities established each day, but in short, these types of disabilities often relate to genetic, mental, contracted or developed illnesses.

Proving your “invisible” disability

While you and your doctors, specialists and examiners may all agree you have an invisible disability, the SSA may have a harder time understanding. Some SSA workers require more evidence that you do have a disability – often delaying your disability claim. Doctors are often keen to provide medical evaluations, symptoms and diagnoses that prove you do have disabilities.

If you’re finding it difficult to receive benefits despite all the evidence provided, then you may need to reach for legal help. Delays in receiving your SSD benefits may be causing you serious harm in the long run.