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TOPIC: 0 points agoraphobia, anxiety, depression

0 points agoraphobia, anxiety, depression 10 months 5 days ago #173904

hi rachel,.
mrs h is right hun , all surgeries are different , think it took about 5 days from my son taking the leter in to reception and then they rang me to say they were ready and the amount i had to pay,,. if you havnt heard anything it wouldnt hurt to ring them and ask if your request has been looked at yet , make sure to tell them you have a linited time in order to send them off ,maybe that will speed things up for you ,.,
best wishes
alison,
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0 points agoraphobia, anxiety, depression 9 months 4 weeks ago #174501

Thank you for the advice, my parents chased it up for me and I got some print outs 10 days later and there was no charge (maybe because there is not much).


Would the DWP be accepting of anything that is 4 years old? because I pretty much haven't been receiving any treatment as I gave up feeling I could be cured these past 4 years :(

Also does anyone know if other treatments I had would look bad for me?

eg. Having anxiety and being unable to leave the house alone but I got a contraceptive implant in my arm because I do have a boyfriend (I went with my mum to get it). Would they look at that and say, well she has a boyfriend she must be lying and things can't be that bad if she's having a sex life...(I overthink things or I know these people will always think the worst of me).


(( I just need to decide to what to photocopy and print out ESA50 and letter then send it off and wait in suspense :( ))

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0 points agoraphobia, anxiety, depression 9 months 4 weeks ago #174530

Rachel

Ultimately it is up to you to decide what evidence to include, the DWP will either pay attention to it or they won't, all you can do is try an relate it to how you are now and the limitations that prevent you performing the activities.

I don't see why the other things in you life would have an impact on your claim, as long as you can explain how you manage them if they are contradictory to your stated limitations, in all likelihood the issues won't even be raised.

Gordon
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0 points agoraphobia, anxiety, depression 9 months 3 weeks ago #174917

Just wanted to say I've sent everything off 2 days ago signed/recorded. So that when I get a letter I can see how many days/weeks had passed. I'm relieved I don't have to do anything for the time being.
Inside is a LOT of evidence and letters to read that they didn't have before. If they do just rubber stamp the original decision it is proof they didn't read anything and aren't doing their jobs properly/legally because they are rushing through.
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0 points agoraphobia, anxiety, depression 9 months 1 week ago #176722

I got my letter today and it states that they have not changed their decision because I did not score the minimum of 15 points needed.

They say they have also taken into account that I have no specialist input or medication and that I travel to my boyfriends (but my dad has to take me) and that I didn't supply any significant medical evidence.

They also said despite my health conditions I was able to complete the activities in the WCA (with both my parents for support, at threat of losing my money and can not manage that every day!). They then state I displayed a fair range of functional ability and that there is no evidence I could not function in the work place which allows for reasonable adjustments.

They close off to say it is not disputed that I have health problems, but that they have established they do not limit my functional ability that I have limited capability for work.

It goes without saying I feel really disappointed and let down, and stressed, and I've been close to tears and numb since I got the letter. What is my next step?

Would it be in my favour to go to the appeal in person with my dad, or do a paper appeal? One the one hand I want to avoid it, I'll be stressed and lose sleep and unable to cope, but on the other hand part of me feels if they see me in person they may see and understand my point of view more sympathetically and that I really can not cope.

:( :( :( :unsure: :unsure: :sick: :S

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0 points agoraphobia, anxiety, depression 9 months 1 week ago #176741

Rachel

If one of the conditions that you hope to score points against is your agoraphobia then attending the Tribunal may count against you unless you can provide a credible explanation of how you have managed it.

Unfortunately, not attending may also cause problems as the success rate for Paper hearings is a lot lower than for Oral ones.

One option is to request a hearing via video link or telephone, although not ideal it will give you a better opportunity to present your case.

Gordon
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