Types of Disorders You Can Receive Disability Benefits for in Oregon

By February 28, 2022 No Comments

Individuals with disabilities may be eligible for one of two federal disability benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although the two programs differ in many ways, they are both provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and are intended to assist a disabled person who is unable to work a job full-time. There are many types of disorders that the SSA considers valid as long as they match a certain level of severity. These disorders range from impairments in the musculoskeletal system to problems with anxiety and depression.


This includes disorders of the spine (including ligaments and discs that make up the spine), abnormalities of major joints in any extremity, fractures, soft tissue injuries, and amputation.

Special Senses and Speech

Blindness, deafness, and loss of speech.

Respiratory Disorders

Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, lung transplant.

Cardiovascular System

Chronic heart failure, recurrent arrhythmia, aneurysm of aorta or major branches.

Digestive System

Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging, chronic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease.

Genitourinary Disorders

Chronic kidney disease and dialysis.

Hematological Disorders

Sickle Cell Anemia, inability to form blood clots, and disorders of bone marrow failure.

Skin Disorders

Dermatitis, Ichthyosis, and Bullous diseases.

Endocrine Disorders

Any disorder that causes hyperfunction (producing too much of a specific hormone) or hypofunction (producing too little of a specific hormone) for any of the glands in the Endocrine System. These glands include the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas.

Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems

These are disorders like Down Syndrome that can impair physical or intellectual development as well as cause heart disease, impaired vision, hearing problems, and other conditions.

Neurological Disorders

Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury.

Mental Disorders

These are disorders like schizophrenia, depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, and autism. They also include neurocognitive disorders which are characterized by a significant cognitive decline in areas such as memory, language, and social recognition.


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Immune System Disorders

Lupus, HIV, Scleroderma, and Polymyositis.

A Few Definitions

The definition of a disorder is “the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s).” The law’s definition of a medically determinable impairment is, “An impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities that can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques.”


If you have questions about how your disability may qualify for SSDI or SSI, call Drew L. Johnson, P.C. Attorneys At Law, at (541) 434-6466.