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ESA 1 year 3 weeks ago #196157

I am about to have my one to one interview for ESA I have not been working since feb 2015 due to severe stress and grief, I am so nervous regarding this as i dont mix with people so well these days and the only times i go out are to my counsellor and to see my husband in prison. I have nobody except my dad who is 85 and in bad health which is a added worry. My son was killed which has completely destroyed my character not surprisingly and I trust nobody. Any advise for me as I am so nervous about trying to open up to a stranger!

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ESA 1 year 3 weeks ago #196162

Hi Jackie and Welcome to the forum, you might want to have a look at the following FAQ which explains where everything is

Welcome to Benefits and Work

What an awful lot of carp you are going through :( I am sorry that your forthcoming ESA assessment is adding to your distress.

Our ESA guide explains what to expect at the face2face appointment. I know it can be very hard to open up to a complete stranger, especially if you do not feel they will be sympathetic, but I'm afraid you will need to do so in order to give the assessor a good understanding of your limitations.


May I suggest that you bookmark/favourite this on your web browser now so that you can find it easily in future? This will allow you to return with further questions or comments about your ESA without having to start a new topic each time. We ask members to keep everything relating to the same claim in one topic as it helps us enormously - and I hope you will find it useful too :)

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