At what point is a chronic health condition a disability?
As examples - people with vision corrected via eyeglasses or contact lens to below 20/200 are not considered visually impaired; people with high blood pressure or diabetes controlled with a combination of medication, exercise and diet are not considered disabled. But, if those same people refused to follow recommended treatments, they would have difficulty functioning.
The HHS department has very clear rules as to what constitutes a disabling condition making it impossible for someone to work a full time job (for instance).
The extent of the disability is determined by a medical doctor and possibly a judge.
If you feel you are disabled, you must apply for disability benefits. They are not automatically granted.
The best thing to do is to hire a disability specialist (lawyer), especially if you are impaired and unable to make decisions that may affect your future.
Further research suggests that patient noncompliance will adversely affect disability claims; however the distinction between chronic illness and disability is murky.
Sometimes, non-compliance can be an indication of disability. Some people are disabled because they cannot physically or mentally take care of themselves. Suucidal thoughts can be disabling. Wanting to harm oneself, or others, etc.
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