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Medical conditions that automatically qualify for SSDI

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2024 | Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Insurance provides financial assistance to individuals unable to work due to severe disabilities. This assistance includes monthly cash benefits to help cover living expenses such as housing, food and medical care.

Certain medical conditions automatically qualify individuals for SSDI benefits due to their significant impact on workability.

Muscle and bone issues

Conditions such as advanced arthritis, spinal disorders or limb loss that hinder movement can qualify for SSDI. These conditions often cause intense pain and limit daily activities, making employment challenging to sustain.

Nervous system problems

Diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and certain nerve conditions may qualify if they significantly restrict daily activities. Symptoms such as tremors, seizures and impaired coordination can make performing work tasks difficult.

Heart and blood vessel conditions

Advanced heart failure, artery disease or certain heart defects that limit physical activity can make you eligible for SSDI. Symptoms such as fatigue, chest pain and shortness of breath can interfere with the ability to work.

Breathing problems

Chronic issues like COPD, cystic fibrosis or severe asthma that require frequent medical care and affect breathing can qualify. Recurrent exacerbations and intensive treatments can disrupt work attendance and performance.


Certain types, especially advanced or recurring cancers, may qualify due to their severe impact on health and work. Side effects from treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, such as fatigue and nausea, can make employment difficult to maintain.

Immune system disorders

Lupus, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis or certain immune disorders that impair daily life and workability also qualify. Chronic pain, fatigue and systemic complications can limit productivity and work capacity.

Mental health disorders

Serious conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression that affect thinking and workability may qualify for SSDI. Severe mood disturbances, cognitive impairment and difficulty concentrating can make it hard to maintain employment.

Meeting the medical criteria for these conditions is necessary, but it is important to recognize that the SSDI application process will also consider other factors.