Depression is one of the most common medical problems affecting disability applicants. While sometimes causing severe functional impairment, depression is often unrecognized, undiagnosed and under-treated. Whether called dysthymia, major depressive disorder, or experienced as part of a bipolar disorder diagnosis, there are typical symptoms: increased sadness, anxiousness, irritability, hopelessness, and guilt; loss of interest in […]

Grid Rules

Other than senior discounts at the movies, there are few advantages to aging. But Social Security has rules which benefit disability applicants as they move through different age groups and closer to retirement age. These are commonly called “Grid Rules.” SSA’s Grid Rules are a bit of an artifact as they were created in an […]

How Long Does It Take To Get Social Security Disability

Anyone who is considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is probably already feeling a bit desperate and so the answer to this question is always “too long.” Such a person has likely been suffering from a significant and painful impairment for some time which has forced her […]

The Rules of Social Security Administration Disability Determinations

Social Security Administration is a bureaucracy. And like all bureaucracies, the decision makers at SSA must follow their internal rules. When deciding whether a person is disabled, the Agency follows a five-step analysis: 1. Is the individual working? If working in 2021 and earning more than $1310 per month (gross) Social Security will say you […]


Covid-19 is a serious and sometimes deadly disease. For most people who contract Covid, the symptoms are mild. However, some suffer very serious complications and may even require hospitalization. This is such a new disease that we still know very little about the long-term consequences of contracting Covid. A few unfortunate souls already fall into […]