Some medical conditions can be life impacting and scary. Take, for example, a seizure disorder. They can happen without any notice or indication, and they can spark some serious health concerns, if they occur frequently. Following a seizure, a New Jersey resident may be unable to function normally for a period of time. When a seizure disorder impacts a person’s life significantly, it can be challenging to live a normal life and even hold a job.

What are the Social Security Disability (SSD) requirements for epilepsy? Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can be characterized as one of two ways. The first is generalized tonic-clonic seizures. They occur at least once a month for at least three consecutive months, despite any prescribed treatments being followed.

The second is dyscognitive seizures, which are also referred to as absence seizures. These must be occurring at least once a week for three consecutive months despite following a prescribed treatment plan.

When claiming a disability because of epilepsy, it must be proven that this neurological disorder causes the disorganization of motor function, bulbar and neuromuscular dysfunction or communication impairment. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will evaluate the limitations that are caused by this neurological disorder. Therefore, if an individual is suffering from physical and mental functioning impairments, this must be documented through medical records and other documentation.

When seeking Social Security Disability for a neurological disorder or any other type of illness, it is important to understand the application process, the SSA’s definition of the disorder one is suffering from and how to prove eligibility. Taking the time to file an initial application could help an applicant with their approval process.