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Have bipolar, can't work but am managing


I have bipolar and haven't had any serious episodes for a while now. I'm on medication and have been doing okay on them.

Every time in the past that I have tried to be in work has led to an episode which has led me to leave the job. I still feel like I would not be able to get back to work and it would make me get unwell again.

During normal day to day life, I only need occasional rest days when things are too much but when I am unwell I need almost constant care and support. Episodes usually last somewhere between 1 and 3 months.

I'm fortunate to have a husband who earns enough to cover our expenses but with 2 kids it can be difficult to make ends meet sometimes.

I applied once for DLA a long time ago but was rejected despite letters from my GP and didn't have enough strength to fight the decision. I knew fighting it probably would have made me worse despite probably being the right thing to do.

Is there any chance I may be eligible for PIP? Am I likely to be rejected and have to fight it? What other experiences do people have with a similar condition and situation as me?



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