In almost every case, no matter what the disease is, the answer is the same—“Maybe. It just depends how badly the disease affects you.” One example might be cancer. The word “cancer” is scary to anyone, but there are many cancers which can be treated and cured very quickly with little or no lasting effect. On the other hand there are cancers that cause great suffering and ultimately death. The question in each individual case is “How sick is this particular individual and how long is this person going to remain sick?”

Skin diseases are another example. The vast majority of skin diseases, while annoying, would not be considered disabling. On the other hand, there are some uncommon and very severe skin problems that are clearly disabling. In extreme cases psoriasis, which is not rare, may be disabling. Thus almost without exception the mere fact that an individual has a disease with a certain name does not guarantee that the individual either will or will not be found disabled. It all depends upon how sick the person is.