PTSD AND ATOS JOKERS

Hi new to form

I have recently been diagnosed with PTSD and have applied 2times for PIP FIRST THE MEDICAL WAS A JOKE. SAYING BASICALLY NOTHJNG WRONG. AND APPLIED MORE RECENTLY WITH HELP FROM DIAK ISTILL DONT FIT THERE REQUIREMENTS TO RECEIVE pip.

I can only just bare being out the house with me wife.

Can't face people.

Suffer black out etc

Communication skills are limited due to illness.

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  • Hi I'm quite new here too. I have PTSD and Fibromyalgia. I have tried to apply for DLA and PIP but due to my PTSD avoidance tendencies I've always bottled it at the point of sending in the application (I'm really terrified of the medical!). SO I've not been able to claim anything despite being unable to do very much (I work from home just 2 hours a day).

    So I appreciate how horrible the process is and going to appeal is a really stressful process. In my area there is a specialist support centre to help people apply for benefits. IS that what DIAK is?

    I also have heard how difficult the criteria are for PIP claims - to be successful you need to tick their boxes and even then I've heard that they turn down a large amount on first application just because they are trying to persuade people not to bother. The system stinks. And I could rant for hours about it - how this Tory government are predudiced against the sick and disabled particularly. And how the UK government are being called to account about this by the UN. I'm really hoping that the UN will set a directive to stop the Tory's from penalising the sick and disabled through cutting benefits and making access to them so difficult..

  • I work with clients in the U.S., it's scary and I wish I could help in your area, but the lesson I learned, through my self doubt and paranoia and second guessing myself, aiding a client who I never billed is--- you're no closer to the part where you get a moment of peace or at least a reason to tell yourself you can.. Until you trust that you did the research, avoided the potential reasons for appeal, and send it in. Maybe look up websites offered for your particular issue, there may be "buzz words" that will help you land in a stack that isn't being sent to appeal.

  • Like terrified bravery I did my homework reading legislation policy And procedures online of the insurance company that pays earnings related compensation...much like PIP sounds like where you are. Just like where you are I had to have two three hour appointments for assessment. Many claims are turned down here too but I made it through in the first cut but it took over a year to get the claim accepted.

  • Hi Mark,

    That sounds incredibly unfair. Have you actually applied twice or just once and then asked for a mandatory reconsideration?

    Although its hard to find out how often you can reapply I think 3 months used to be the normal period under the old DLA.

    The answer straight out, is you need some specialist help to fill the PIP application form in.

  • I have applied twice second one has gone to tribunal now awaiting the actual tribunal date.

    Mean while pannickattacks high anxiety levels. Hyper vigilant.

    Life is not fun.

    Soldier on.

  • Hi Mark, thanks for your reply.

    Yes the system seems so unfair and stacked against you.

    While I was filling in the PIP application form I was wondering how some people can cope with the forms themselves and how they are worded?

    As you say soldier on. If its a no, then have another go but with expert help on filling in the PIP forms. I soon learned that how you fill in the forms is more important than what your health issues and care needs are. I don't see it changing anytime soon so we carry on.

    I hope you hear soon with a Tribunal date and I wish you success with the appeal.