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They said there was no evidence but there was

Thea Member Posts: 18 Connected
edited September 2018 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hiya, I did not have a face to face assessment but I received my PIP decision and they decided that “I can express and understand verbal communication” and that “I have no diagnosed sensory or cognitive impatient that would prevent me from expressing or understanding verbal communication” but I do have a diagnosis of selective mutism, which is is an anxiety disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech cannot speak in specific situations or to specific people. In my case I am only able to communicate verbally with my mother, I do not communicate verbally with anyone else, this is not a choice it is caused by severe anxiety. My mother speaks on my behalf and during phone calls I write and my mother reads aloud what I have written to the person on the phone.

They said there is no evidence but I sent two letters with my forms from two different psychiatrists, both stating my diagnosis, one stating that "I was mute during my psychiatrist appointment and only communicated by nodding and writing with encouragement" and that I have a previous diagnosis from when I was sectioned of "depressive episode type unspecified with mutism as the main feature" the other also stating that I was "mute at the appointment and did not make eye contact" as well as saying that I have "a very longstanding history of selective mutism associated with anxiety" what should I do? 



  • Saracen
    Saracen Member Posts: 66 Courageous
    Morning thea 
    Im fairly new here aswell .
    Did u fill out your pip application yourself or did u have help , I had the same problem 3 years ago I had no assessment and decision 0 points I went to cab and they told me I had just filled in the forms like a medical history of all my complaints which I thought was right but he told me they dont go by your conditions but by how they affect u on a day to day basis .
    This forum is the best I have ever found for advice so if I was u contact citizens advice and ask for advice they appealed for me and I got something but you r not alone in this forum there are scope advisors on here that can be invaluable with honest and helpful up to date advise.
    Hope this helps chin up and good luck thea.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,416 Disability Gamechanger

    If you're not happy with a decision you've had then i'd advise getting further advice before asking for the MR, as it's difficult to advise further because no one here knows how your conditions affect you daily.

    You have 28 days to request the MR after the date of the decision. You should put the request in writing stating what you disagree with and where you think you should have scored those points and why.
  • Thea
    Thea Member Posts: 18 Connected
    Thank you Saracen and Poppy! 
    I did fill in my forms myself and include how it affects me daily. As I have been awarded stranded rate for both daily living and mobility, I am worried that if I complain or appeal I may lose points and lose my award.


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