I have just been through the whole PIP process through to tribunal and I don't want to put anyone off or worry anyone but it has been an ordeal to say the least.
I have been diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder since 2015, CFS since 2015, anxiety and depression ( latter long term) and some other minor ailments ( RLS , migraines etc...) so I applied for PIP in March filled in the form describing in great detail all problems and gave all medical evidence and went to the assessment.
Like many I had been advised tried to answer all the questions in detail even bringing a summary to use at the assessment due to bad brain fog ( that was a mistake because the assessor said I could answer all questions so I had no problems with memory ect...).The assessment was relaxed and the assessor asked a number of questions and did a quick physical while typing on her computer in all it lasted 1 hour.
I got awarded lower mobility but nothing else and only got points for the daily living where I had equipment (6 in total) so I asked for a reconsideration.
I tried to get more info but after reading the assessors report noticed many errors, omissions of information and conclusions about my illness , so I also wrote a letter pointing out this to the DWP.
The DWP contacted me and said the problems with the report was not there problem even though that is what the mostly use to make there decision and to write to Capita ( the assessor), I did and Capita said sorry but there is nothing they can do about it.
Reconsideration was turned down within 2 days I don't even think they read the extra info ,I rang them and basically asked what was the point of sending in the form and medical information if the were just going to disagree with it all but they just said my only option was to apply to go to tribunal.
I got help writing the appeal from the CAB but they don't represent anymore, I had my tribunal on 30/10/15 I can say it was very traumatic being interrogated for 1 1/2 hours by un bias people ( the doctor was the worst very sarcastic and dismissive)
They didn't take my mental health issues or many of the non physical issues relating to my FND and CFS but I did get the lower daily living allowance awarded .
So lower daily living and lower mobility awarded for 3 years yeah only took 8 months.
I plan to recover but if not my advice and what I plan to do next time are -
Record the assessment you must give a copy to the assessor on the day this means no made up assessment for the DWP ,getting the assessment sorted and correct will be a big help to your claim.
Give as much medical evidence as possible I will save and have a private assessment done first if the time comes.
The DWP do not want to give you anything and assume you are lying unless proven other wise prepare for a battle so go to the CAB for advice.
The medical assessors do not by law have to know anything about your condition they just have to be on a medical register for 2 yrs prior ie phsio, nurse or paramedic (they get the proper training about completing to form in 2 weeks.)
The DWP will mostly use the info from the assessment and medical info.
The DWP will only accept medical evidence that not over approx 1 years you will need up to date info.
Do not go alone even into the room.
Having physical symptoms helped a great deal for me.
The DWP, assessors and even some GPs have lack of knowledge about the condition.
Good luck to all that are trying to get PIP hope this helps.