FAQ General Information What is Social Security Disability? How does the SSA view disability claims based on Depression? Applying for Social Security Disability How do I apply for Social Security Disability? Appealing a Denial My claim was denied. Why? How do I appeal the denial? The Social Security Disability Hearing Is there anything I can do to prepare for the hearing? I am anxious about the hearing. What is it like? Hiring a Lawyer How can a lawyer help me during this process – why do I need a lawyer? Collecting Benefits If I win, what do I get? Miscellaneous From the time of my initial application to the hearing, it took 3 years. Why does this process take so long? Why are my age, work history, and education so important? How does the SSA use this information to help make a decision in my case?