A musculoskeletal condition that your doctors may classify as disabling may not be viewed the same way by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The Social Security Administration (SSA) often gets targeted in politics because some groups consistently see the disability programs as overly wasteful -- even though the vast majority of applicants don't get approved, and the rest are subject to strict limitations. However, if the current federal administration's 2020 budget gets approved as planned, Social Security Disability (SSD) applicants may again feel the pinch of cutbacks.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), over 9 million Americans currently receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). As of 2013, 35.2 percent of those who received benefits were listed as having disabling mental health conditions. While some understand that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has its own list of disabling conditions, many aren't aware of where mental illness falls on that list.