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Scared of ESA assessment

I have f2f home assessment in Jan and I'm terrified. I have PTSD and agraphobia  i don't go out. Now after 15 months I'm being assessed but I don't think I can cope with it. I find it hard to even talk on phone. 
I feel like I'm going to fail and then I will spiral. Anyone had one? For mental health? 

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  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi mammiptsd and welcome

    You are not alone many of our members including myself have had home assessments.
    Is this for PIP or ESA ?

    If it is for PIP then it is important to understand the points systen, descriptors and the criteria for an award,A good starting place is the B&W self test

    http://www.mybenefitsandwork.co.uk/pip/indexxx.php

    There is lots of good info on here so have a read and come back with any questions

    CR

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • mammiptsdmammiptsd Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thanks for your reply
    Its ESA assessment I got paper based on pip thankfully. My son who is my carer will be with me but I'm scared stiff.
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Ah OK
    B&W also have a self test for ESA, might be worth a look

    http://www.mybenefitsandwork.co.uk/med2/indexxx.php

    I am sure that some of our other members will be able to give you some advice

    CR

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • DasiydoDasiydo Member Posts: 94 Courageous
    Don't worry about it be alright 
    V.shaw
  • tommtomm Member Posts: 231 Pioneering
    I have a f2f home assessment in Jan and I'm terrified

    Don't be, there really is no reason to be, be yourself, tell the truth, don't hold back on how your conditions affect your quality of life, present all factual clinical info reports, from specialists if you have them

    I recently  found that they all aren't  pre-programmed idiots, My recent HV yielded  SG for me, I like you expected  the usual FFW result, goes to show there are albeit a small minority of their   HCP's that do show compassion and common sense(AKA normal human emotions) unlike the robots  that are the majority of them
  • tommtomm Member Posts: 231 Pioneering
    Don't forget you can have the farce audio recorded , but you will have to request this before the assessment date
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