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The Social Security List of Impairments
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Can you draw Social Security Disability on a spouse's Social Security earnings record?

Question 1: How can I be denied at 37 for not paying in enough Social Security when the mental disorders I have including Anxiety, OCD, ADHD and my most menacing one bipolar has impaired me in my ability to gain and maintain steady employment since before my 20's? I worked as much as my combined disorders allowed me to.

Question 2: I was married for the last 14 years. Can I draw SS disability on his social security earnings?

There is no way around it, Social Security Disability depends upon an insured status that is earned through work activity. If you have not worked enough, you are not insured not matter what your disabling condition. You can file for SSI disability, if you do not have too much income or resources. SSI is based upon need rather than insured status.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to draw on your ex-spouse's record until you are age 62, unless he passes away. If he passes away, you can potentially receive divorced disabled widow's benefits at age 50-60, provided you do not remarry until after the age of 50. Or you can receive as a widow at age 60 if you have not remarried.

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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
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Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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