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Can you qualify for SSD with a neurological disorder?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2020 | Social Security Disability

If you suffer from a neurological disorder, it is possible that you also qualify for Social Security Disability or SSD. SSD can cover a wide variety of conditions and disorders.

The following guide from the SSA provides conditions for neurological disorders and SSD.

SSD covers a number of neurological disorders

To qualify for SSD, your neurological disorder must limit you physically, mentally or both. There are several types of neurological disorders that you may suffer from that SSD counts. For instance, the disorders that the SSA evaluates include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Coma
  • Persistent vegetative state
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

The SSA looks for disorders that cause neuromuscular dysfunction, communication impairment and disorganization of motor function. In some cases, you may have very low executive functioning. For instance, you may not be able to inhibit responses, regulate attention or make decisions on your own.

SSD requires evidence of neurological disorders

In order to qualify for disability, you have to submit evidence. This evidence includes:

  • Signs
  • Laboratory findings
  • Symptoms

For medical evidence, you should supply your examinations, your medical history, any image results or laboratory tests. You can include x-rays, CT scans, EEGs and MRIs. All your tests and imaging have to remain consistent with the medical knowledge and practices at the time. You should also have a description of your response to all treatments.

In addition, you can supply non-medical evidence. The non-medical evidence may be your statements and those who are close to you. For instance, you can make a statement that explains how your neurological disorder affects your daily life. Likewise, you can ask those closest to you to write statements about how they see your disorder impact your life regularly.


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