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Have you ever had physical pain and gone to the doctor, only to be told that there is no reason for your pain? If you feel physical pain every day and there is no objective reason for your pain, then you may have a Somatic disorder. Somatic disorders require a diagnosis from a physician or psychiatrist.

A Somatic disorder can become a disability if it prevents you from working a full-time job. Somatic Disorders are physical symptoms that are not explained by a general medical condition. Also, the physical symptoms are not explained by another mental disorder or the direct effects of a substance. If you have a Somatic disorder, the team at Cannon Disability Law can help you win your SSD case. We can also help you apply for benefits online at Social Security’s website.

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These disorders may include a preoccupation with acquiring a serious medical condition that a doctor can’t find on objective testing. Symptoms and signs may include pain and other abnormalities of sensation, gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, a high level of anxiety about personal health status.

Also, it can include abnormal motor movement, pseudoseizures, and pseudoneurological symptoms, such as blindness or deafness. Examples of the some of the disorders the SSA evaluates in this category include somatic symptom disorder, illness anxiety disorder, and conversion disorder.


The SSA publishes a list of disorders they consider disabling. Somatic disorder is found under Listing 12.07. In order to prove disability under this listing, you must have medical evidence. The SSA accepts medical evidence from physicians, psychiatrists, and psychologist. Also, if you have a mental disorder, the SSA will review records from other medical sources.  For instance, those sources include a counselor, social worker, nurse, or other mental health provider that you visit for counseling.

Below you can find listing 12.07, which contains two parts, Part A and Part B. Part A describes specific symptoms that contribute to somatic disorder. As you can see, the SSA requires you have at least one of the elements under Part A.

Under Part B, the SSA is reviewing the severity of the disorder. To qualify for benefits, you must have a marked limitation in two of the elements. For example, you would need a marked impairment in your ability to concentrate and a marked impairment in interacting with others. Or, you could have an extreme impairment in one element.

An example of a marked impairment in concentration would be not being able to finish a timed task at work. Likewise, an example of marked impairment in interacting would be yelling at supervisor when they are trying to give you instructions on the job.


Here is SSA’s listing 12.07 for Somatic Disorder. You need to meet the criteria outlined below in order to be found disabled.

12.07 Somatic symptom and related disorders (see 12.00B6), satisfied by A and B:

  1. Medical documentation of one or more of the following:
    1. Symptoms of altered voluntary motor or sensory function that are not better explained by another medical or mental disorder;
    2. One or more somatic symptoms that are distressing, with excessive thoughts, feelings, or behaviors related to the symptoms; or
    3. Preoccupation with having or acquiring a serious illness without significant symptoms present.


  1. Extreme limitation of one, or marked limitation of two, of the following areas of mental functioning (see 12.00F):
    1. Understand, remember, or apply information (see 12.00E1).
    2. Interact with others (see 12.00E2).
    3. Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace (see 12.00E3).
    4. Adapt or manage oneself (see 12.00E4).


The legal team at Cannon Disability Law can help you document your Somatic disorder. If your somatic symptoms are preventing you from working and you are seeking medical treatment, you may be eligible for disability benefits. You can contact Cannon Disability Law and we will answer your questions for free.

We offer a free consultation. Additionally, we perform all of our legal services on a contingency basis. This means that if we take your case, we will represent you for free until you win your case. At which point, the SSA sends us an attorney fee check from your back benefit in your case. However, if we lose your case, you will not pay an attorney fee.

You have nothing to lose by contacting us. We can often tell you over the phone, by asking you questions, whether you qualify for disability benefits. We ask a lot of questions over the phone. By doing that, we are trying to help you. However, your information is confidential. We will not share it with anyone. If we can’t help you, we will tell you. Best of all, it won’t cost you anything. We know you don’t have a job because of your disability. But, you still need to hire the best attorney.

Therefore, hire us. The team at Cannon Disability has over 30 years of experience representing Social Security disability clients. We have won over $100 million in back-benefits for our clients. Put our experience to work for you. Contact Cannon Disability Law today.

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