Hi everyone, I want any of you going thru the DLA/PIP nightmare to learn from my mistakes. - after 14 months of non-stop stress and struggle, it has taken my MP's intervention to convince the DWP that they did get it totally wrong, and now they have backdated the money I should have had, to last December! Unfortunately my case is not straightforward, but I see no harm in telling some of it. I already received DLA for long term depression /anxiety problems, had both the Care and Mobility components at lower rates. Then when RA struck as well, in 2013, and pretty much destroyed my feet, I knew when the time came to change to PIP, that there would be endless complications. They wouldn't accept that I had any Daily Living needs whatsoever. Some of you may remember I took it to the reconsideration stage - but still failed. All of that not surprisingly had a catastrophic effect on my state of mind, and with no help at all at home, meant that I ended up in the psychiatric hospital again....which I don't recommend IF you also have a serious physical illness as well, RA. They couldn't accept that I was in severe pain when forced to walk, stuff like that? Anyway we will pass over that particular episode since it won't, hopefully, apply to many rheumies, and also because I am probably going to make an official complaint about the awfulway they treated me.... So, fast forward eight months and my MP has succeeded where I failed, and now they're throwing money at me from all directions. The stuff I have learned could fill a book, BUT the only point that really matters is DON'T GIVE UP. Take it to the appeal stage, no matter how much you feel like giving up. Also, be very very careful how you answer the questions on the form itself, I've been told that's all they go by, even that they may not even look at any letters of support from doctors, which seems unbelievable, but there you go. If I could do it all again, I think I'd definitely keep a diary, as the NRAS booklet suggests. I hope no-one has to go through it all completely alone, as I have, and even though I have "won", it doesn't feel like it. Our disability benefits system is horrible nowadays, especially for those who have mental health problems. That's it, I'm finished. Just wanted to let you know. Am probably never going to be able to answer people individually, so please be understanding if you don't hear from me. Am very sore today too. Thanks for reading this . S.
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