It did not help that my doctor had failed to give me additional information till today, as to how my anxiety affects me. My assessment was done at home and my son was present therefore although I was very anxious and quite tearful, I did feel more comfortable as I was at home; than I would have at an assessment centre. I feel that because I was able to communicate effectively I have been penalised. The ASOS report stated that I did not indicate a cognitive condition, and it is unlikely I have a mental health restriction which prevents me from making and planning a journey. I thought maybe that I did not explain myself adequately as I do not go out unless my son or daughter persuade me to go out with them as they can see that I have completely isolated myself from the world. I have not got a learning difficulty, I have severe anxiety and depression, I have a psychological factor, which prevents me from making a journey and especially using public transport without someone with me. I have had many falls due to my mobility problems and I cannot make a journey safely, the anxiety I get through worrying about falling over is uncontrollable, which causes me a great deal of psychological distress.
I do have the intellectual capacity to follow the route in theory, and I could in theory navigate a route, but because of the psychological distress. I cannot in fact go out and follow the route without the assistance of my daughter or son, to hold onto and support me emotionally. The ASOS report stated that I did not have any underline reasons that I could not make a journey and plan a journey myself, she is assuming that because I am intellectually able she assumed I would be able to, even though I thought I had explained that my depression and anxiety make me feel withdrawn and have isolated myself.
Do I really have to go through the appeal process or will they reconsider again once they get the late GP letter.
Please don't say I should be grateful, I'm not in a good mood so be warned, but I would be grateful for any advice