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How Do You Claim Disability Benefits? What Diagnoses Get Accepted Most?

If you plan to claim disability benefits, this page will help you. It offers a detailed list of disability diagnoses that have been the subject of Social Security Disability claims in recent years.

You can use this information when you make your own case for disability benefits following our Disability Help Guide. The disability claims groups listed below are in order from most to least common.

We are grateful to the Council for Disability Awareness for this information. You can use any of the terms to search for stories similar to yours by entering the diagnosis name in the search box below:

  • Muscle, Back and Joint Disorders
    • Arthritis
    • Herniated or Degenerated Disc
    • Back Pain
    • Spine/Joint Disorders
    • Cartilage Sprain
    • Tendonitis
    • Fibromyitis
    • Osteoporosis
    • Rheumatism
    • Scoliosis
    • Sciatica
  • Spine and Nervous System-Related Disorders
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Epilepsy
    • Paralysis
    • Alzheimer's
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    • Bell's Palsy
    • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
    • Eye Disorders including Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration
    • Ear Disorders including Balance-Related Disorders like Ménière's Disease
  • Cardiovascular and Circulatory Diseases
    • Hypertension
    • Heart Disease
    • Heart Attack
    • Stroke
    • Aneurysm
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    • Phlebitis
  • Cancer and Tumors
    • Breast Cancer
    • Prostate Cancer
    • Lymphoma
    • Hodgkin's Disease
    • Leukemia
    • Tumors
  • Accidents, Injuries and Poisonings
    • Fractures
    • Sprains and Strains
    • Dislocations
    • Contusions
    • Burns
    • Poisoning
    • Allergic Reactions
  • Mental Illness and Behavioral Disorders
    • Depression
    • Schizophrenia
    • Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Anxiety
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Respiratory System Disorders
    • Influenza
    • Pneumonia
    • Asthma
    • Bronchitis
    • Emphysema
    • Pulmonary Fibrosis
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
  • Ill-Defined or Subjective Conditions
    • Headache
    • Insomnia
    • Coma
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Seasonal Affective Disorder
    • Anorexia
    • Other symptoms without a diagnosis
  • Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
    • Food Poisoning
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Hepatitis
    • Meningitis
    • Salmonella
    • Tuberculosis
    • Polio
  • Digestive System Disorders
    • Gastric Ulcers
    • Gastritis
    • Appendicitis
    • Hernia
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Cirrhosis of the Liver
    • Crohn's Disease
    • Diverticulitis
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • Dental Disorders
    • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders
  • Nutritional, Metabolic, Regulatory and Immunity Disorders
    • Diabetes
    • Malnutrition
    • Obesity
    • Gout
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Thyroid Disorders
  • Genital and Waste Removal Disorders
    • Uterine Prolapse
    • Cervicitis
    • Menopausal Symptoms
    • Kidney and Bladder Disorders
    • Genital Organ Disorders
    • Kidney Failure
    • Enlarged Prostate
    • Prostatitis
    • Urinary Tract Infections
    • Endometriosis
  • Pregnancy and Complications of Pregnancy
    • Normal Delivery
    • Caesarean Section
    • Complications of Pregnancy
    • Toxemia, Ectopic Pregnancy
    • Pre-Term Complications
  • Skin Conditions and Disorders
    • Eczema
    • Dermatitis
    • Cellulitis
    • Psoriasis
    • Sebaceous Cyst
  • Inherited Conditions
    • Congenital Anomalies
    • Spina Bifida
    • Down's Syndrome
    • Inherited Heart Valve Malfunction
  • Blood-Related Disorders
    • Anemia
    • Hemophilia
    • Sickle-Cell Disease
    • Diseases of the Spleen
  • Other disorders not in the above categories
    • Fibromyalgia

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