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Has anyone got ESA with anxiety/agoraphpbia

I had my health assessment just over a week ago and I have been looking on these forums and no one has said they have got or on ESA with anxiety issues I'm just wondering if theres anyone on ESA with anxiety. thanks.

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  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Seems not many who have had there assessment have won I had mine 24th and got no fingers just thumb I’m waiting see if I get it they seem to failing most then you have all crap of tribunal hope you get it good luck 
  • Ashleyb1Ashleyb1 Member Posts: 49 Listener
    Yeah I havent got my Hopes up I'm abit worried if they fail me or decide to put me in the work related group,I would be pretty screwed, support group is my only option

  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Mine to think positive if they put me on work related I’d like them to find me job with no use of hands I can’t get dressed washed cook pick up anything Wel be fine Wel both win it good luck 
  • Ashleyb1Ashleyb1 Member Posts: 49 Listener
    Yeah I guess so, good luck let me know if you get it.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Lots of people are placed into the Support Group successfully. There's been a few on here recently, myself included. Only problem is we don't often hear about the good stories on an internet forum.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Ashleyb1Ashleyb1 Member Posts: 49 Listener
    Yeah been hard to find people who has been successful will anxiety or similar mental health issues, just wanna hear from the people who have and there experiences 
  • Ashleyb1Ashleyb1 Member Posts: 49 Listener
    What was it like for you and was yours for a similar case?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You really can't compare 2 people with the same condition because we're all affected differently.

    I don't claim for mental health, all my conditions are physical and i have multiple conditions.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Ashleyb1Ashleyb1 Member Posts: 49 Listener
    I understand but dont people get a form telling them what they failed on or won on?
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    You can ask for copy from dwp 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No one receives a form once you've had the assessment. As i advised in a previous comment, you can ring DWP for a copy of the assessment report to be sent to you. In this report there will be recommendations of whether they recommend limited capability for work (WRAG) limited capability for work related activity (Support Group) or fit for work.

    You'll still have to wait for the decision but the they usually go with the report and award what's recommended.

    Once a decision is made they'll write to you. You may receive a phone call from the decision maker before they make a decision as this sometimes happens.

    I know it's very stressful waiting but there's really nothing more you can do until you receive the decision and this can be anything from 2-8 weeks. Good luck.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • fredjrfredjr Member Posts: 20 Listener
    hi from what i see you need to go with some one that is going to keep upright as your hanging from them for dear life, dont give out anything that is positive at all.
    do get up from chair every 5 min and when sitting down start rocking from side to side , do not pick up anything, on medical examination, squeal like a pig when you have to grip them or try and pinch your thumb and forefinger test.
    in short you have to be as ruthless as they will be with you and you might get a few points, but dont hold your breath.
    i got my report back one day and my p45 the next and on letter go and get a job !!!!! im riddled with arthritis knees, wrist, depress etc i am appealing and i have sent pics to them showing my knees etc so someone can see the extent  of damage. be lucky in there eyes your scum and that how i feel at the moment along with being vulnerable. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    The best advice anyone can give is to be yourself and not someone you're not. Dress how you usually dress, don't base it on your worst day because chances are they'll see through that.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • fredjrfredjr Member Posts: 20 Listener
    and i might add im bricking as i might get a letter from dwp on my dla stopping that, not a good time at all. thxs fred
  • SallieSallie Member Posts: 5 Listener
    I recently claimed contributions based ESA as employment sickness bens ran out. Within two weeks I received letters inviting me to the Job Centre and an assessment which to be honest made me feel I was doing something wrong. Part of my medical problem was due to anxiety and I am on meds for that. But, at the assessment they had a print out of my medical records and just picked things randomly. They did not cover the reasons why I was off work, they looked at the whole picture and picked up on a problem I wasn't expecting and discussed that in great detail. It was a bit wierd really and I expected to fail but luckily my claim was continued. I think it helped that I had a job to return to and I wanted to return. 
  • fredjrfredjr Member Posts: 20 Listener
    as not been long on this very helpful site and still trying to find my self around it, do they normally do this as esa has stopped even if your going to reconsideration and the tribunal. 

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    fredjr said:
    as not been long on this very helpful site and still trying to find my self around it, do they normally do this as esa has stopped even if your going to reconsideration and the tribunal. 

    I'm assuming you were found fit for work after a face to face assessment? If so then if the MR decision remains the same and most do then it's Tribunal. Once the Tribunal have accepted your appeal you can then go back onto assessment rate for ESA, providing you haven't claimed universal credit in the meantime.

    If you're claiming Contributions based ESA then this is only paid for 365 days unless you're placed into the Support Group and then it's paid for as long as you remain in that group.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You'll also need sick/fit notes to be able to go back onto assessment rate (if you haven't claimed UC) they will need to be backdated to the date your ESA stopped if you want backdated money.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • fredjrfredjr Member Posts: 20 Listener
    thxs poppy, i was on contribution esa, when they stop it, i just has surgery on my foot so in fact im on the sick as such this esa stop on 17th of this month i have not a sick note for that but im going to see new doctor as i only been in this area for 10 month so all new.
    as i said my worries are for my dla, im 65 this year and if they stop that im done for cant work and state pension only to live 
  • fredjrfredjr Member Posts: 20 Listener
    o and yes it was in a support group.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    They have a habit of re-assessing people just before they reach 65 i don't know if it's a coincidence or not but just seems rather stupid when your ESA will stop anyway once you reach 65.

    You'll soon be invited to apply for PIP, if that hasn't already happened. When you are invited make sure you fill out that form with as much information about how your conditions affect you as possible. PIP and DLA are different, PIP is about how your conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activities based on the PIP descriptors. Any relevant evidence you have will need to be sent with your form. Do some research about PIP so that you have some understanding of what the descriptors mean, that will help you.

    Good luck with them both.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Ashleyb1Ashleyb1 Member Posts: 49 Listener
    Turns out it wasnt ESA I applied for, it was a health assessment for universal credit the benefits are similar tho, 2 different groups which are the same as ESA there support group is called lcwra I'll let you guys know when I get a decision.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You can still request a copy of the assessment report to be sent to you. If you're given LCWRA then you'll receive an extra £328 per month payable from the 4th month of your claim from when you first sent in your first sick/fit note. If the decision is LCW there's no extra money per month.

    Good luck.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Ashleyb1Ashleyb1 Member Posts: 49 Listener
    Oh right so is that on top of my normal universal credit money which is £257 and is that my first sick note ever sent to them or my first sick note sent with my claim
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes £328 on top of that but only if awarded LCWRA. It will be the first sick note sent for this claim.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2019
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Ashleyb1Ashleyb1 Member Posts: 49 Listener
    Okay thanks for the quick reply.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • CjWCjW Member Posts: 1 Listener
    Ashleyb1 said:
    I had my health assessment just over a week ago and I have been looking on these forums and no one has said they have got or on ESA with anxiety issues I'm just wondering if theres anyone on ESA with anxiety. thanks.
    Yes my husband has both and is placed on the Support Group. Get a letter from go confirming this n send to ESA. 
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