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TOPIC: ESA reassessment feeling overwhelmed.

ESA reassessment feeling overwhelmed. 3 weeks 3 days ago #173721

Hi,

Over the weekend I was sent a new ESA50 to complete. It has been awhile since I was required to do one and so I wasn’t surprised, especially because this year I didn’t receive an updated benefit letter.

I am looking over the ESA guide and will type my answers in a draft word document before I fill it out on the form.

But, I am just feeling so overwhelmed. I have filled in at least 3 ESA50’s in the past. I did so before I found this forum, even though my GP warned me to be on guard, I always thought they would at least do the right thing and despite this, my claims were always successful because they took into account how my illness affects me. But after seeing the many underhand things they did with my mum’s case to the point we had to overturn the decision via tribunal. The stress of that took its toll on me. And as we approach Christmas and New Year when my mental health tends to always hit suicidal lows. I just feel scared and exhausted before I’ve even started. :(
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ESA reassessment feeling overwhelmed. 3 weeks 3 days ago #173722

Hi Student,

I have merged all of your ESA questions into one topic. It helps us enormously when everything to do with the same claim is kept to one topic, so please keep all of your ESA questions or comments here - you will find it easily in future if you bookmark/favourite on your web browser now :)

I'm sorry that you are feeling so overwhelmed by this :( It is the whole basis of the welfare reforms that all claimants will be reassessed at intervals, so this is what we all have in store for the future :angry:

I cannot pretend that this will be easy but I can promise that we will give you as much help as we can.

Please make sure you get as much support as you can from friends, family and health professionals. Don't forget that The Samaritans are there 24/7 to listen if you feel desperate.

www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/c...FTBKvoJGVRoCiRnw_wcB
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ESA reassessment feeling overwhelmed. 3 weeks 3 days ago #173730

Mrs Hurtyback wrote:
Hi Student,

I have merged all of your ESA questions into one topic. It helps us enormously when everything to do with the same claim is kept to one topic, so please keep all of your ESA questions or comments here - you will find it easily in future if you bookmark/favourite on your web browser now :)

I'm sorry that you are feeling so overwhelmed by this :( It is the whole basis of the welfare reforms that all claimants will be reassessed at intervals, so this is what we all have in store for the future :angry:

I cannot pretend that this will be easy but I can promise that we will give you as much help as we can.

Please make sure you get as much support as you can from friends, family and health professionals. Don't forget that The Samaritans are there 24/7 to listen if you feel desperate.

www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/c...FTBKvoJGVRoCiRnw_wcB

Sorry I didn't realise about the posts needing to be together. I will do so from here on out.

Thank you for your reply.
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ESA reassessment feeling overwhelmed. 3 weeks 3 days ago #173731

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Try and break it don into manageable amounts even if that is just one sentence, write that sentence and then walk away from the form and come back to it again when you feel comfortable to do so and write another one. As you go on you may feel more confident about writing a longer piece of text, may be a paragraph and the time you need to take a break for may also reduce, but if it doesn't then don't worry about it.

Gordon
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ESA reassessment feeling overwhelmed. 3 weeks 2 days ago #173894

Hi, can I have some advice please about objective 17? I have mental health difficulties, and on occasion, I do express anger, especially at home with my family. It usually happens when I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed, and it is usually about things that others would probably find a non-issue. My family have said sometimes they feel they are walking on eggshells because they don’t know what my mood will be like. Of course, I feel ashamed. But I don’t know if I meet the criteria for this one. It is more of something occasional and it feels to me uncontrollable, the anger itself doesn’t last long, but the subsequent anxiety I experience following it often lasts days.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, please.
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ESA reassessment feeling overwhelmed. 3 weeks 2 days ago #173902

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I assume you mean activity 17; Behaving Appropriately?

The first thing is that the activity specifically refers to the "workplace" so even though you have these issues at home you must show that they would be applicable in the workplace as well, also you need to cover the issue that we might get annoyed at family but be more restrained with people that are only acquaintances.

In general a workplace will be less tolerant of this type of behaviour especially if the claimant were in a customer facing role.

So you need to explain what triggers these episodes and explain how you react to them? How often they occur and how long your are effected for? For example; are you more prone to secondary occurrences once an initial one has happened?

But all through your answer make sure that you refer to the workplace and the work environment.

Gordon
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