I am new to this forum and for the past year I have been looking at forums for advice regarding ESA and PIP for mental health
I have suffered with Mental Health for years and only this year have managed to access the right help from the Mental Health services and been given a diagnosis of PTSD and DID Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously Multiple Personality Disorder)
I was a student but in 2012 had a breakdown and I am still recovering what I want to know is if there is anyone with a similar diagnosis to mines and how they cope but more importantly what help they receive.
I also have an incontinence problem with nightmares and bed wetting also incontinence which is triggered by the panic attacks I suffer and extreme sleepwalking which on occasions I have been found outside in the road no shoes on due to the dissociation, I am still going through the assessment phase of ESA and have been providing medical certificates form Jan 2014 to date I have a CMHT Nurse which does home visits and am waiting on Group and Individual Therapy for Childhood Trauma and Individual Therapy which should help with my panic attacks.
ESA seem to be giving me HELL on EARTH at the moment I keep sending my medical evidence which they keep loosing I have 2 care plans and reports from psychiatrists and occupational therapy literally a network of professionals all trying to support me now ESA say they need further medical evidence as they have only received my ESA50 questionnaire my application has been ongoing since Jan 2014 for both ESA and PIP and I am no closer even getting an assessment is this normal??
Also has anyone else been accepted for PIP or ESA Support Group with this diagnosis I have always worked and then started Uni but life got so hard juggling 2 children and allot of issues that have happened in my life including some traumatic events which has left me scared of my own shadow. I don't intend on claiming benefits my whole life but at this present time my sickness if affecting my whole family and right now I feel like my sickness is a burden to them already with out me putting them though all this hardship.
Sorry if none of this makes sense as loose track alot but any advise would help me thank you and for anyone else who needs advise im happy to share my benefit experience. worked for 16 years and 1st time claiming benefits.
Went to the job centre for the 1st time on Friday and an old lady hadnt been paid her pension for 2 weeks she was 87 and in tears made me look at myself and feel very ungrateful just shows you when we think lifes bad always someone out here going though worse