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I suffer with severe depression and anxiety. I've applied for PIP again

Littletinyone
Littletinyone Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited October 15 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I suffer with severe depression and anxiety I have been waiting since the beginning of august to hear if I need a consultation for pip it makes me so anxious as to what’s going on as I tried to claim before a few years ago and what the capita reviewer said about me made me feel even worse about myself I couldn’t bare going through an appeal. I have decided to try again as I’m struggling to cope with work and my mental health. Panic attacks getting worse low mood all the time. I just need help

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,781 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,
    Unfortunately, backlogs for PIP claims are rather huge and the timescales is about 10 months from the date you apply to having a decision. If your timescale is less than this then you're lucky. Most people do have assessments and the majority of those are done through telephone, only some people have face to face assessments at the moment.
    If the worst does happen this time then i'd advise you to request the Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) then Tribunal because very often reapplying constantly doens't help. Fingers crossed you won't have to do this and decision will go in your favour.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,996

    Scope community team

    Hi @Littletinyone :) Welcome to the community! Thank you for joining, and for being so open and honest in your first post here.

    I'm sorry to hear that you've been experiencing anxiety and depression, and that things have been getting worse recently. 

    In terms of your PIP application, I'm sorry you had a negative experience with your assessment before. We've heard many people say that seeing things the assessor had written has been quite disheartening and upsetting, so you're not alone in feeling the way.

    Are you happy with the examples and information you provided in your form? It's worth remembering that PIP isn't about employment, but rather daily living and mobility. You can refresh yourself on the descriptors by looking on pipinfo.net

    I hope that you'll get the award you're hoping for first time around but, in case you don't, I wanted to reassure you that the process for submitting a mandatory reconsideration (MR) (Turn2Us) isn't too bad. 

    Are you receiving any support for your mental health at the moment? Is your GP aware of how you're feeling? 
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  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 765 Pioneering
    Hi @Littletinyone I hope you enjoy being part of the Community. If you have any questions please ask. Hopefully you will not find going through your claim this time as bad. Fingers crossed. Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
  • Littletinyone
    Littletinyone Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you all so much for your kind words this is really helpful to me. My doctor is aware of my condition and I do take tablets daily and have done for years. I have been waiting for cbt for a while but I know there is backlog due to coronavirus. I do currently get limited capacity to work allowance which I had to do a phone interview for. But I’ve always been terrified of pip after a face to face interview where the report was horrendous. I seriously cried for days after I had received that report and felt I have a disability that nobody can see but I know how I feel!!  
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,996

    Scope community team

    I'm glad your doctor is aware, and that you're on some medication @Littletinyone :) Do you find that the medication helps? 

    You're right that waiting times for talking therapy can be really long sadly, but it's good that you're on the waiting list at least. Have you tried any self help type techniques to help you manage your panic attacks while you're waiting?

    It's understandable that that experience would put you off. Many people with mental health problems do successfully claim PIP, however, so it's not impossible! Fingers crossed it all goes well. 
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  • Littletinyone
    Littletinyone Member Posts: 3 Listener
    I’ve had a letter from captia I have my telephone assessment next week I’m so nervous about it. I’m really scared I’ll just get put down again. Any help would be really appreciated 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,781 Disability Gamechanger
    If you kept a copy of the form you return (which you should have) then have a read of the before the assessment so you can remind yourself of what you wrote. Part of the assessment will be to verify what you wrote in the form.
    Any other questions they ask will be related to how your conditions affect you. Try not to answer with just a yes or no. Give some real world examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity.
    Some people find it helpful if they write down some reminders before the assessment. Personally, i don't find that helpful and would rather just concentrate on answering the questions, rather than look at what i've wrote.
    Make sure you phone is fully charge if you are using a mobile. Have a drink next to you, incase this is needed.
    If you don't understand the question asked then ask them to repeat it. You can have someone with you during the assessment and you can put your phone onto loud speaker.
    Assessment time can be anything from 20-120 minutes. They may not ring exactly to time so be aware of that too, especially if your assessment is a little later in the day.
    If the worst happens again and you're refused i'd advise you to challenge that decision this time. Hopefully this won't happen.

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