The biggest source of frustration for people applying for Social Security Disability benefits is how much waiting is involved. After months of not hearing anything, many people begin to wonder if their application has been lost or is on hold for some unknown reason. The Social Security Disability process is a very long and slow process. It can take several months before you receive a response on your initial application. If you are declined and appeal that decision, your hearing may not take place until nearly an entire year after you submit your appeal. From start to finish, some people do not start getting Social Security Disability benefits for nearly two years after they applied. This is why it is so important to start the process as soon as possible.