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Severe mental problems

DAVYBOYDAVYBOY Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hello can I claim pip if I have mental problems and insomnia. I was abused at a younger age as well
 I live alone the mental health tram have put a Safe guard on me as a vulnerable adult can u help me please
            David from Cornwall

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  • WaylayWaylay Member Posts: 888 Pioneering
    Yes, your mental health problems and insomnia count, however there's no guarantee that you'll get PIP. Send them docs letters, etc., but you have to make certain that you describe how you function for each of the questions. Just saying that you have these diagnoses won't get you anything. So, for example, for preparing and cooking a meal, do your mental health problems and insomnia make it difficult for you to prepare fresh food and cook it above waist height? Do you have to use an aid or appliance? Can you not do it at all? Why not? If you're on meds, do they affect your ability to cook? Explain that kind of thing for each question, and tell them about a time when your conditions caused a problem.

    Filling out the forms is far more complicated than it looks - there are all kinds of rules and ways you should phrase things - not lie about it or anything, but they look for certain language. I'd ask CAB, Welfare Rights, or perhaps your CPN (if she knows how the process works) for help to fill them out.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 18,542 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP isn't awarded based on a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect you daily. Everyone is different so it really does depend on how you're affected everyday. Have a look at the PIP descriptors and see what points you could score. The PIP self test is a good place to start, it doesn't mean you'll score those points but it will give you some idea. http://www.mybenefitsandwork.co.uk/pip/indexxx.php

    You'll need evidence to support a claim. Don't expect them to contact anyone for evidence because they rarely do this. To start a claim off you ring the PIP help line.

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
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