Filing for social security disability benefits in Texas and other states is a waiting game. And the problem is that security disability applicants are by definition unable to work, and therefore usually in financial crisis.
This creates a truely awful cycle of frustration and anxiety while waiting for social security disability benefits to be approved. That frustration and fear easily spills over to anger and obessing over the disability case. Unfortunately the delays and waiting are a part of the social security disability process. It can be frustrating for me as well as a Texas social security disability lawyer who has handled only social security disability since 1991 to be unable to make the government move more quickly for my clients.
I have found it helpful to encouraage my clients to focus on what they can control, and develop a plan for survival based upon a reasonable estimate of how long the wait for disability benefits is likely to be.
I realize figuring out how to survive for 12 to 16 months waiting for disability is a tall order. But I have seen it happen now for over 20 years: somehow folks manage to survive. But the stress of living month to month expecting disability benefits to start any day takes a toll.
It also helps to focus on efforts to get better with regular medical care, improved diet and exercise as permitted by medical condition, and perhaps even developing some new hobbies and interests. Let family and friends know how long the wait is likely to be, and don’t be ashamed of your situation: you know you would be working in you could.