Disorders which affect the endocrine system can render a body unable to control important functions. This can include regulating heartbeat, bone and tissue growth, and changing calories into energy the body can use. A number of different disabilities are included under this heading within the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments (the Blue Book), which is the text that all benefit applications are measured against. Those with severe symptoms, who are unable to work because of those symptoms, will qualify for benefits.
Categories of Endocrine Disorders in the SSA Blue Book
Section 9 in the Blue Book addresses several specific categories of endocrine disorders. Endocrine disorders were added to the Social Security Administration’s Blue book in 2011. Because the effects of endocrine disorders can be seen in varying body systems, this section does not list specific requirements for the individual disorders. Instead, the Blue Book directs the reader to refer to the specific body or mental/emotional functions that are affected by the disorder. Examples include:
Adrenal gland disorders
– evaluated using the criteria for the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, digestive, or mental disorders section.
Diabetes, hyperglycemia, and other pancreatic gland disorders
– evaluated using the criteria for the cardiovascular, digestive, neurological, or mental disorders section.
Parathyroid gland disorders
– evaluated using the musculoskeletal, special senses and speech, genitourinary, or neurological disorders section.
Thyroid gland disorders
– evaluated using the cardiovascular, digestive, hormonal imbalance, or digestive disorders section. In some cases, an applicant with a thyroid gland disorder may suffer strokes or anxiety, which can enable them to file under the neurological or mental disorders section.
Pituary gland disorders
– due to the wide range of symptoms associated with pituitary gland disorders, the applicant may be able to file under any section related to their hormonal imbalance.
What is the SSA Looking for in an Application?
Using the details provided in your application, the Social Security Administration will determine if you are considered disabled by their definition. To be considered disabled by the SSA, one must be unable to perform any gainful activities due to their condition, which is expected to last for at least one year or until death. Not only will the SSA evaluate your medical records, they will also consider your work and educational background in an effort to examine your potential placement for employment.
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