How Social Security Assesses Multiple Disabilities

Most applicants for Social Security or SSI disability benefits have two or more illnesses or injuries that prevent them from working a full-time job. For example, a disability applicant may have diabetes and high blood pressure, or cancer and depression, or traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Quite a few applicants with musculoskeletal problems have issues with obesity. Impairments that may not be limiting enough on their own, such as moderate depression or high blood pressure, may qualify for disability benefits  when the combined effects of their limitations are considered together.

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