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Esa home visit assessment lasted 10-15minutes

Hi there,

This is my first time posting here so I apologise if this isn't the right place.

I suffer with a array of mental health since I was 16 I had my first panic attack & since then it felt as if it unlocked a door for mental health to attack my fragile self I suffer with depression, anxiety, agrophobia, depersonalisation, derealisation and BPD

I had my esa home assessment after waiting nearly 2 years & the health worker asked me a handful of questions nothing really to make a judgment on how my mental health affects me as they don't care what is wrong they care how it affects your daily living if your fit enough for work or not.

Im worried sick now racking my brain as to why it only lasted 10-15 minutes with my anxiety I am over thinking this so much and it's really upsetting me if anyone could shed some light or had sinmilar experience could express to me what this means I'd be very grateful.

Thank you

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Try not to worry it may be ok Mine lasted about 50 mins but I have mental and physical problems If the outcome isn't good challenge it as you nearly always win

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Hi there,

I am sorry to hear that your unwell I hope things will improve for you 50mins it must feel like a lifetime with them I am relieved it was short but I didn't feel I had enough time to explain my self its degrading enough as it we are like begging its disgusting how they treat us.

I will definitly take the appeal route if things don't work out

Thankyou for kind words

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Good evening Chanely448 welcome to our group. That did seem like a quick assessment but sometimes that can be good. They may have enough information with what you sent them and put on your forms. But they still need to see you for the record. My assessment took 2 hours!!

Try not to worry it is over now and worrying about it will only make you poorly. I know it's not easy but it's out of your hands now. I hope they don't take too long before you get an answer about your award.

You spoke about your mental health problems do you also have Fibromyalgia at all?

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I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening xx

Momo

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Hello there, refreshing see to a speedy reply & I don't have it locked I will follow that link now thank you very much.

Thank you for your kind words too I am trying my best to ignore it for now with my pip assessment that was paper based and I forgot about that but esa is my main income untill I am healthy to work so bit stressful. Wow 2 hours that seems he'll of a long time! I hope you got a award you desired! I have read so much horror story's and watched it just really heartbreaking.

Thanks again

Chanely

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Sorry I forgot to respond to your question. No I don't have any physical problems just mental health I am in the wrong group? I do apologise

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You are very welcome here :) I just wondered if you would get more help and support on the MH forums. But please feel welcome here and we are happy to have you :) Yes I have mental health issues as well as mobility problems and have had Fibro for over 30years. Maybe that's why my assessment was so long and it had to be done in my home. It took place at the end of last year and was pretty scarey and very exhausting. So good luck xx

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Awww thank you very much lovely :) really appreciate the help! And I am so sorry to hear your suffering :( I hope that one day things become easier for you! X

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Thank you I wish I had a magic wand and could make us all feel better :)

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Awww bless you that would be nice!.

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Hi there I am sorry to hear you are suffering :( thank you for the kind words I will definetly keep yours updated of the outcome feel much calmer already thankyou

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An assessment for ESA will generally be a lot shorter than for PIP, so I wouldn't worry too much about it being short - as others have said, they may have all the information they needed on your form.

My other half's assessment for ESA was only about 15-20 minutes, and he was awarded it and put in the support group (he has no physical problems, his problems are all related to mental health issues). Good luck x

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Hi Chanely448 and welcome. Anxiety is a terrible thing, - and I know when it kicks in it takes over and rational thinking gets kicked to the kerb.

It could well be that the assessor was able to see you in an anxious state and was fair enough to not prolong your discomfort by ending the assessment early.

I really hope you don't have to wait too long on the outcome, and that it is the right outcome for you.

Fingers crossed,

Mags 👍👍

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I would like to thank all of you for taking the time out to speak to me it really means a lot I feel so overwhelmed that there is people who care! Thank you again everybody & if anyone else is going through this situation or will be good luck to you all!

I will keep you all updated of my outcome thank you again it really means a lot.

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It’s a good sign, I had one once that lasted about 5 minutes! No need to worry at all. Have a good day😊

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Thankyou for your reply! My fingers are tightly crossed !!!

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Guys I also forgot to mention

He did state well I have enough information now and he just filled rest paper work & as he was leaving he said 'I hope you get wel soon' now that can be a good indication or a sarcastic remark. This wait is nightmare x

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Hi Chanely as the others have said try not to worry it sounds like they had all the information they need. Sending hugs xx

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Hey mistyang thank you very much for your supportive words. Sending hugs back xx

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Hi Chanely, i'm new to this and have never posted on here, but please let us know how you get on, i really hope things work out for you :)

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Hiya mandie, welcome!

I will let you all no my outcome thank you for your support :)

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Hello everybody who supported me through this. I haven't been to well with the flu but decided today to give the DWP a call and I have been placed in the support group for 18months so I am very pleased to say the least thank you again everybody for your kind words ❤️Good luck for anyone who else is going through this. X

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