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Medical at dhss

JuneLesleyJuneLesley Member Posts: 1 Listener
I went for a medical at the Job Centre and when I heard from them it said didn't look depressed, even though I have suffered with depression and anxiety nearly all my life, had years of counselling and medication. How can they say someone isn't depressed, or has depression got a certain look now all of a sudden


  • JennysDadJennysDad Member Posts: 2,308 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello June @JuneLesley and a warm welcome to the community. To say that someone didn't look depressed is, of course, total BS (borrowing the Americanism here). I don't know about you but I never saw the great Robin Williams (of Mrs Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Mork and Mindy and so much more) looking depressed, but that did not stop him from taking his own life.
    We can all of us 'put on a face' when we need to, and it is absolutely routine for people to say after some critical event "I never knew he/she was depressed! You would never think it to look at them."
    One of our benefit advisors will probably be able to give you some idea as to what to do about this, and I don't doubt they'll be in touch in due course. For now, please bear with us and keep in touch.
    You matter.
    Here and listening,
    Warmest best wishes,
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi JuneLesley and welcome

    It is not possible to speculate on the outcome of any assessment. You should ring DWP within a few days and ask for a copy of the assesment report

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,729 Disability Gamechanger
    Let us know how you get on @JuneLesley

    Senior online community officer
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    Was this a PIP assessment?
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    Just realised it was ESA.
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