In order to qualify for disability benefits under Social Security you have to be found disabled.
Well, thank you Captain Obvious.
Ok. But, what does it mean to be disabled?
- Are symptoms enough?
- How about limitations?
- Is a diagnosis, itself, enough?
In short, no. Under Social Security regulations, it is not enough to have a medical condition.
In order to be disabled under Social Security regulations your impairment(s) have to be severe enough to prevent you from being able to engage in a “Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA).” In most cases, a Substantial Gainful Activity translates to full-time, competitive, employment.
Put another way, the touchstone of a Social Security disability case is the question, “do your conditions keep you from being able to do some type of full-time work.”
That is what Social Security means by “disabled.” And, that is what you have to prove what you are applying for Social Security disability.