What is considered “Disabled” by the Social Security Administration?

A disability is defined as a physical, psychological, or psychiatric condition that would impair a person’s ability to conduct Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for at least 12 months in the past, or is expected to prevent that person’s ability to conduct SGA for at least 12 months in the future.

The criteria for Substantial Gainful Activity changes year by year. In 2017, SGA is defined as earning at least $1,107 per month.