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kes2611 Member Posts: 118 Connected
edited February 2021 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I have my phone PIP assesment on thursday.I suffer with bad panic attacks.I only have 1 lung n i find it hard to breathe when havin one.If i have panic attack during call will the asseser stop n wait while i calm down cause i have bad ones where i cant breathe n start to shake all over. I cld ask my friend to come over who helps me,to sit with me if i have one n she cld tell person what happening.I also wheeze most of time due to having mould in my bedroom due to my living conditions.


  • Cher_Inactive
    Cher_Inactive Posts: 4,400 Scope online community team
    edited February 2021
    Hi @kes2611

    That sounds really rough. Panic attacks are awful at the best of times so having only one lung must be very distressing. I'd  explain your concerns to the assessor upfront so they are aware and know when to give you time to calm down and compose yourself. And don't forget, they are trained health-care professionals so will have some understanding of both your impairment (and how awful panic attacks are) and the fact that it's a stressful event. You just take your time and try not to feel rushed. Is your friend in your support bubble? 
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  • kes2611
    kes2611 Member Posts: 118 Connected
    It was all in the 3 page letter i sent with form.She vists me weekly to make sure i eaten etc cause i dont get up or eat for days cause of secrre depression.I not eaten a meal since mon.I cant use a cooker so just have microwave.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,773 Disability Gamechanger
    perfectly ok to have your friend sit with you during the assessment.
    Be extra nice to new members.


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