Whether you develop a chronic illness from environmental exposure, or a genetic condition grows worse, or just general aging, the condition could overwhelm you and bring you to the point of disability. The Social Security Administration recognizes many chronic, debilitating and terminal illnesses as causing disability. People with a qualifying condition who can no longer work may be able to receive Social Security Disability payments, depending on their work history.
What disorders and diseases for which the SSA will approve SSD benefits is not static, and changes from time to time. Here is a sampling of the sorts of disabling conditions that can qualify a person for disability benefits: