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Enhanced mobility MH

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letitbe
letitbe Community member Posts: 282 Pioneering
edited March 10 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi everyone I was awarded enhanced mobility for mental health . I told assessor I go out 2-3 times a week on my own , I can take public transport if not busy etc. I do get really overwhelmed in crowds etc so I avoid busy places and I find it difficult in social situations. I’m not allowed to drive also. I’m getting really stressed that I’ll never be able to go out again. I’m feeling really trapped and anxious about all this. Can anyone pls help. I’ve read on a forum that if you get enhanced you shouldn’t be going out , I feel really suffocated . 

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  • michael57
    michael57 Community member Posts: 213 Pioneering
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    hi i believe the mobility is to help you pay for buses taxi ect ect so you can go out 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,127 Disability Gamechanger
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    What you’ve read is not correct. You can be entitled to Enhanced mobility for mental health if you’re unable to follow the route of a familiar journey without another person, assistant dog or orientation aid. Even if you don’t receive that help. 

    My daughter scored 12 points for that activity and she goes out quite often with help from another person such as myself or her sister. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • letitbe
    letitbe Community member Posts: 282 Pioneering
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    michael57 said:
    hi i believe the mobility is to help you pay for buses taxi ect ect so you can go out 
    Thank you Michael 
  • letitbe
    letitbe Community member Posts: 282 Pioneering
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    What you’ve read is not correct. You can be entitled to Enhanced mobility for mental health if you’re unable to follow the route of a familiar journey without another person, assistant dog or orientation aid. Even if you don’t receive that help. 

    My daughter scored 12 points for that activity and she goes out quite often with help from another person such as myself or her sister. 
    Thanks Poppy my anxiety is so bad because of this it would’ve been better if they didn’t give me anything because it’s just really stressed me out . I’m scared even to go and sit in the park or to get on a bus now. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,127 Disability Gamechanger
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    You are not alone in thinking this, many people think the same. Please also remember that PIP isn't about how your conditions are ALL of the time and you do not need to be affected every single day. What counts is how your conditions affect you at least 50% of the days over a 12 month period. 

    Just because you're claiming PIP, it doesn't mean you can't carry on with your life as you normally would.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • letitbe
    letitbe Community member Posts: 282 Pioneering
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    You are not alone in thinking this, many people think the same. Please also remember that PIP isn't about how your conditions are ALL of the time and you do not need to be affected every single day. What counts is how your conditions affect you at least 50% of the days over a 12 month period. 

    Just because you're claiming PIP, it doesn't mean you can't carry on with your life as you normally would.
    Thank you so much Poppy. :) 
  • luvpink
    luvpink Community member Posts: 53 Courageous
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    @letitbe
    I was awarded 10 points mobility for mh issues and 10 points for physical issues.
    I also feel isolated and trapped at home at times but I do go out because I want to be able to live my life.
    Its so hard because I live in a very popular tourist resort and I am already dreading the holiday season here.
    I struggle immensely with large crowds of people and we do get that here but I use avoidance tactics like going down the back roads to avoid unfamiliar people.
    I have a close circle of friends I socialise with in clubs where tourists are not allowed in because its membership only   for us locals.
    It got so much worse since covid and lockdown was lifted.
    It seemed like the whole of the country descended upon us with this so called 'staycation' and we have been innundate with tourists ever since.
    I have agoraphobia and social anxiety.
    The winter months are generally quieter but for me its too cold and windy to get out much living by the coast.
    I had to give up driving over 10 years ago due to getting panic attacks behind the wheel and I have had severe panic attacks being a car passenger.
    Its hard for me using public transport due to my disabilities and it has a massive impact on my life.
    I guess what I'm trying to say is you are not alone and sending warm hugs your way. 
  • letitbe
    letitbe Community member Posts: 282 Pioneering
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    luvpink said:
    @letitbe
    I was awarded 10 points mobility for mh issues and 10 points for physical issues.
    I also feel isolated and trapped at home at times but I do go out because I want to be able to live my life.
    Its so hard because I live in a very popular tourist resort and I am already dreading the holiday season here.
    I struggle immensely with large crowds of people and we do get that here but I use avoidance tactics like going down the back roads to avoid unfamiliar people.
    I have a close circle of friends I socialise with in clubs where tourists are not allowed in because its membership only   for us locals.
    It got so much worse since covid and lockdown was lifted.
    It seemed like the whole of the country descended upon us with this so called 'staycation' and we have been innundate with tourists ever since.
    I have agoraphobia and social anxiety.
    The winter months are generally quieter but for me its too cold and windy to get out much living by the coast.
    I had to give up driving over 10 years ago due to getting panic attacks behind the wheel and I have had severe panic attacks being a car passenger.
    Its hard for me using public transport due to my disabilities and it has a massive impact on my life.
    I guess what I'm trying to say is you are not alone and sending warm hugs your way. 
    Thanks so much luvpink,  I know crowds can be so overwhelming and I have done the same as you by taking much quieter routes . I can get really agitated in crowds at times and can end up having a panic attack. Sorry to hear that things can be really difficult for you too . I can get on public transport but if it’s busy it can cause real distress, so I really try my best to avoid busy times. I completely understand how you feel about feeling trapped and isolated. 
    Sending you a hug too . 

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