What Dealing with Social Security is Like

https://socsecnews.blogspot.com/2018/01/what-trying-to-deal-with-social.html

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It takes a lot of time and patience to work with Social Security. There are many moving parts, and not enough people to perform the tasks necessary to reduce the case backlog and speed up disability payments.

Social Security Disability Facts

http://marion.wickedlocal.com/news/20171218/everything-social-security-one-fact-you-should-know-about-disability

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If you think you can no longer work make sure to contact an experienced Social Security lawyer right away.

Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo

Source: Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo

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Downright depressing.

It takes a very long time to get a hearing if you are denied benefits at the first two levels. It takes another 16 to 18 months to get a hearing, and over one year to hear from the Appeals Council if you lose at the hearing. I do not understand how people do it.