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Anyone in Durham area applied for mental health pip?

anxiousbirdanxiousbird Member Posts: 116 Courageous
Hi, is there anyone who applied in Durham area for pip for mental health? Did you score points? If not, did you go to MR or appeal? What was the outcome? Any tips? 
Thanks 😊 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Lots of people claim PIP because of the way mental health affects them but PIP isn't awarded based on a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors.

    We are all affected differently by these conditions and you can't compare 2 people. I'm assuming by a previous comment of yours here that you've been refused PIP, is that correct?
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  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,824 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi it doesn't matter where you are the rules are the same, have you applied and been turned down?
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • anxiousbirdanxiousbird Member Posts: 116 Courageous
    Hi. woodbine said:
    Hi it doesn't matter where you are the rules are the same, have you applied and been turned down?
    Hi,

    Lots of people claim PIP because of the way mental health affects them but PIP isn't awarded based on a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors.

    We are all affected differently by these conditions and you can't compare 2 people. I'm assuming by a previous comment of yours here that you've been refused PIP, is that correct?
    Yes, that’s right. Although haven’t received the official decision letter yet. If you look through my assessor report and read just the descriptions /notes then you’ll think I should get points but the issue is that after each description she has copy pasted 2 lines saying “but she is not taking one of her prescribed medication and a low dose of another so shouldn’t need help”. Despite the fact that I’m not taking the medication BECAUSE it makes the anxiety even worse in the beginning and I don’t have a 24/7 carer with me and I’m barely managing with my current anxiety states already. 

    The lady was so lovely but it was all just an act I guess. I was honest in my assessment and didn’t lie or ‘act’ as some people here advise to do, and I stated clearly that I was having a very good day so no problems at all on the day of assessment. 

    I also had 5 GP letters from over the years stating my conditions and how I needed support and how I get sudden fits (where my hands and legs are clenched tight so unable to move) and also my DVLA letter cancelling my license after an incident where I was taking a lesson on motorway at 70mph and got the anxiety attack /fit and couldn’t move hands and manoeuvre steering wheel so the instructor barely managed to somehow get us to stop at a parking place. But despite all this she has given me 0 points everywhere just because I’m not taking the one medication which I CANT unless I have support (hence applying for PIP), not to mention the countless other medications I’ve had in the past without any effect! 
  • anxiousbirdanxiousbird Member Posts: 116 Courageous
    I was asking specifically for Durham to see whether anybody has had any positive experiences too, or is it majority negatives. I don’t know whether I should go for an appeal or just reapply pip altogether? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 2020
    Lots of people with mental health successfully claim PIP because of the way it affects them.

    I wouldn't advise you to reapply. Doing this using the same evidence you just used will very likely see another refusal and it will continue to be a vicious circle. Once the decision is made you need to request the Mandatory reconsideration within 1 month of the date of the decision. If that fails and most do then it's Tribunal.

    you should put your request in writing stating where you think you should have scored those points and your reasons why. Then add a couple of real life examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you.

    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.
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