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What Are Some Common Hidden Disabilities?

What Are Some Common Hidden Disabilities?


Invisible disabilities can impact a person’s mental, physical, or neurological condition, but they are not obvious to see from the outside. If a hidden disability prevents you from working or disqualifies you from holding employment, then you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Below are some of the most common hidden disabilities for which a Social Security Disability lawyer can help you receive benefits.

Common Hidden Disabilities

Autoimmune Disorders

Our immune system is supposed to keep us healthy, but in some cases, our body can’t tell what is and isn’t supposed to be there. Autoimmune disorders occur when the immune system attacks healthy tissues and organs thinking they’re a foreign body. These diseases cause flare-ups of pain and disrupt your daily life in significant ways. Some common autoimmune disorders include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Celiac disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Lupus

Mental Health Conditions

Mental health conditions affect a person’s behavior, sometimes to the point where it gets in the way of everyday life. These disorders affect cognitive function, making it hard to make decisions, concentrate, or remember. Many people live silently with mental conditions in fear of rejection from employers or friends. Several hidden, yet serious mental health conditions include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Dissociative disorders

Chronic Pain Disorders

Chronic pain can quickly wear someone out, fatiguing them until they can barely get out of bed and making it incredibly difficult to focus and work. These disorders can combine with other illnesses, increasing their severity. Many people suffer with chronic pain disorders such as:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic tension headaches
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

Neurological Disorders

The brain is one of the most important organs. When it’s affected by an illness, it can affect virtually any other part of the body. Neurological disorders can completely incapacitate a person, complicating their mood, concentration and basic functions. Some of these disorders include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain tumors

If you are suffering from one of the above hidden disabilities, an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can help you file a claim to receive compensation for your ailment.

Missouri Social Security Disability Lawyers

The lawyers at Lanzotti & Rau will pursue legal action to receive compensation for your SSI Disability insurance claim. If you want to learn more about our Social Security Disability legal services or how we handle our cases, call us today to schedule a free consultation at 573-335-9300.