The “Listing of Medical Impairments,” or Blue Book as this is often called, is a list of impairments that qualify a claimant for Social Security Administration disability benefits.
The list is extensive and covers both physical and mental disorders, some of which might surprise you.
A study of the claims submitted for Social Security Disability Insurance shows that the most common conditions are muscle, joint and back disorders. Many claims cite spine and nervous system issues and people with a wide variety of mental disorders can also submit claims for SSDI. Other medical conditions the SSA approves include:
- Respiratory illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis and asthma
- Cardiovascular issues, such as coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure
- Blood disorders, such as hemophilia or sickle cell disease
- Senses issues, such as vision and hearing loss
- Digestive tract issues, such as inflammatory bowel disease or liver disease
- Immune system disorders, such as kidney disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or HIV/AIDS
- Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease.
Mood issues and more
Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety top the list of mood issues that may qualify you for SSDI approval. Other mental health conditions that make the Blue Book list include Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, Autism, delayed learning, mental retardation and substance abuse disorder. If your mental health condition does not appear in the Blue Book listing, the SSA may still consider your claim if you can provide supporting documents such as your medical records and the opinion of a doctor whose expertise is in diagnosing and treating mental conditions.
Once you file a claim for SSDI, the Social Security Administration will send you forms to fill out, such as a Work History Report, Disability Report and Function Report. You can always seek assistance to help you complete these forms so you have a better chance for SSA approval. Keep in mind that even if the SSA denies your claim, you have the right to appeal that decision, and well-prepared appeals are often successful.