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k2407
k2407 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
edited February 2023 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi i applied for pip on decmeber 19th 2022. i have my video assessment on Wednesday the 8th of this month and m quite worried and nervous due to what i suffer from and my communication isnt the best and hasn't been for some time and i really dont want to mess up. i suffer from Major Depression, Anxiety, Bulimia, ADHD And PTSD. these have all been going on for 2+ years. but last year i had my biggest downfall and its not got better in the anyway when my friend was shot Infront of me. (sorry if thats to much info) i dont leave my house or bedroom anymore.i cant be alone outside atall. i cant cook, rarely wash and change clothes due to physically and mentally not being able too (need alot of prompting to do everyday tasks and still dont do them) im only 22. been on fluoxetine for 2 years now and couple of months ago the dosage was doubled by my GP. i receive LCRWA and have been for maybe just over a year maybe even 2 i dont know the exact time frame could this affect me in anyway with PIP? i had my mothers friend help me fill out the PIP2 Form as she works for citizens advice. i sent my medical records too with this. im just looking for any help / pointers and how to go about the assesment as i find it really hard to talk about me and what i struggle with. (alot easier for me to type then physically talk) will having my mum and potentially her friend (citizens advice employee) with me for the assessment harm my chances of getting awarded or no?  also been recomended therapy and have someone froma mental health team coming to my house tomorrow to talk to me. should i mention this in my assesment? thanks for any help and reading if you made it this far as thats alotof writing.  i appreciate any help atall x

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  • k2407
    k2407 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
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    sorry to mention this to incase anyone asks but my friend did sadly die shortly after the incident.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,295 Championing
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    Blimey, I can’t even begin to imagine what you went through to witness that. 

    Having your mum and her friend with you during the assessment will not prevent you being awarded PIP. 

    Try not to answer the questions with just a yes or no and try to give as much detail as possible. Have a drink close to you just incase you need it. If you kept a copy of the form you filled in then have a read of that before the assessment. 

    Yes, you should mention your therapy if you can. 

    The assessment can last anywhere from 20 to 120 minutes, sometimes longer. 

    Once the report is written and returned to DWP a decision can take up to about 12 weeks. 
  • k2407
    k2407 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
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    thank you for the reply poppy its really hard and i still get flash backs to the event i used to think i could see past it and thats probably my own fault for not seeking help until recent ( young and naive thinking i could see past it) i struggle to go crowded / anywhere atall really especially alone without the stress and anxiety getting really bad louds bangs / fireworks even car engines popping really scare me too. i havent left the house atall in a few months now when my mental health spiralled to the worst its ever been. but ill stop going on with myself but once again thank you for the reply and help / advice you've given its mean's alot. my mums friend did say she's surprised how fast my assessment has come but i suppose evryones claim is different. once again thank you so much and enjoy your night.
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,911 Championing
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    Hello @k2407

    Just wanted to comment and say I'll be sending you an email from community@scope.org.uk :)
    Hannah - She / Her

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

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