From the moment I received the letter informing me I had to apply, I felt awful

PIP I had my assessment last year. From the moment I received the letter informing me I had to apply, I felt awful. Anxious, sick, desperate, depressed. I lost my appetite, I couldn’t sleep. I felt like either killing myself or someone else.

Prior to this my mental health had been stable, but I had to increase my medication and receive significantly more input from the CMHT. The lovely GP at our local surgery was a supportive as she could be, but she left and the other one either didn’t care or didn’t have a clue.

He seemed dismissive and impatient. I don’t know what his training was. I wish we had asked what his background was (I have mh issues).It was traumatic. I had a friend go with me, or else I wouldn’t have got there. I couldn’t look at the guy, I was so anxious and stressed. I cried when it was over. The guy who helped me complete my form said it was fairly accurate, apart from the mobility part, which we expected.

To be honest, I haven’t read it. I know I should but I can’t face it, it will bring it all back to me.I am receiving less money than I was before (lower rate now, I was on middle rate before) and no mobility component. My son lives with me as my carer, and is able to claim carer’s allowance. I feel sick even now thinking about the process and that I will have to go through it all again in 2020.

Mig

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