Neurological Disorders

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Disability Benefits for Neurological Disorders

Plus additional resources on getting disability benefits for Neurological Disorders

Multiple Sclerosis

MS is a disease which affects the brain and central nervous systems. Learn how you can be eligible for disability benefits with MS.

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Stroke

A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply to the brain. Learn how you can qualify for disability benefits after having a stroke.

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Seizures

Seizures are sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbances in the brain. Learn more about seizures, epilepsy and qualifying for Social Security disability benefits.

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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is a result of nerve damage outside of the brain and spinal cord causing weakness, numbness and pain in the hands & feet.

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What Social Security lists for Neurological Disorders

Neurological Disorders are found under Section 11.00 of Social Security’s Listing of Impairments – Adult Listings.

Per Social Security, this section is used to evaluate the approval of disability benefits for “epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, coma or persistent vegetative state (PVS), and neurological disorders that cause disorganization of motor function, bulbar and neuromuscular dysfunction, communication impairment, or a combination of limitations in physical and mental functioning.”

That last line is especially important – physical and mental functioning. Section 11.00 notes that “If your neurological disorder results in only mental impairment or if you have a co-occurring mental condition that is not caused by your neurological disorder (for example, dementia), we will evaluate your mental impairment under the mental disorders body system, 12.00.”  We cover the topic of disability benefits for Mental Disorders here.

Examples of neurological disorders under this listing include:

  • Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Generalized tonic-clonic seizures
  • Dyscognitive seizures
  • Complex partial seizures
  • ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Progressive bulbar palsy
  • Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Coma
  • Persistent vegetative state (PVS)
  • Stroke
  • Vascular insult to the brain (cerebrum, cerebellum, or brainstem)
  • Cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
  • Benign brain tumors
  • Parkinsonian syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cerebral palsy (CP)
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis (MG)
  • Post-polio syndrome
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Neurodegenerative disorders of the central nervous system
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Friedreich’s ataxia
  • Spinocerebellar degeneration
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)
  • Frontotemporal dementia (Pick’s disease)

Related Disabling Conditions under other sections of SSA’s listing include:

Psychogenic seizures and pseudoseizures under the mental disorders body system, evaluated under Section 12.00, Mental Disorders.

Malignant brain tumors under the Section 13.00, Cancer.