Do I have to be permanently disabled to qualify for SSDI?

No. You may qualify if your medical condition would limit SGA in addition to persisting for at least 12 months. Furthermore, simply having a specific medical condition does not necessarily mean you qualify for SSDI, though there are certain medical conditions that result in expedited, automatic approval. The medical condition must impact your everyday life and prevent Substantial Gainful Activity.

The Social Security Administration does require periodic disability reviews (such as every 4 years) to ensure the recipient is still eligible, depending on the person’s medical condition. There are Federal and State programs that will help a recipient get back to work if their medical condition improves.