Can I receive SSD benefits for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

by | Jun 5, 2015 | Social Security Disability


When people in Kissimmee are suffering from certain medical conditions, they might not be aware that they are eligible to seek Social Security disability benefits and have a chance of approval. While it might be easy to see how someone with a clear disability or injury could receive SSD benefits, there are many medical conditions and illnesses that allow for the application and approval to receive benefits. One such issue is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is exemplified by the person feeling an extreme form of fatigue without any clear explanation for it. There might not be a medical condition causing it and it can worsen with any physical or mental exertion. Resting does not help it to subside. It can be caused by a viral infection or by psychological stressors. There might be a combination of factors causing it.

When making their assessment, there are certain criteria looked for by medical professionals whose job it is to assess those who claim to have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome based on federal regulations. Claimants should understand what the SSA requires medically to understand how they can receive benefits. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is also referred to as Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. A person will be considered disabled if he or she can’t perform substantial gainful work activity and it lasts for at least 12 months or is expected to end with the claimant’s death. If it is a person under age 18, he or she must have a physical or mental impairment which shows severe functional limitations.

When Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is assessed by the SSA, it is done by a psychologist or physician as well as a disability examiner whose specialty is determining whether or not there is a disability in place. The evidence presented will be analyzed. There will be statements from the claimant explaining the symptoms. Those who are unable to perform basic mental and physical work-related functions such as standing and walking, or remembering and following instructions for mentally-related tasks will have to show they cannot perform these functions to receive approval for this condition.

When there is a problem that is related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and you believe that you meet the medical requirements to be approved for SSD benefits, a legal advocate can provide guidance to pursuing benefits.

Source:, “Providing Medical Evidence To The Social Security Administration For Individuals With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – FACT SHEET,” accessed on June 2, 2015


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