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Hi, im sonia78! Has anyone been awarded PIP for mental health issues?

sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
edited November 20 in PIP, DLA and AA
Has Anyone awarded PIP for depression and anxiety,
I tested myself online and it comes up a score of 18
Would really appriciate it if anyone can share their experience

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    PIP isn't awarded based on any diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors. Lots of people claim PIP for the way these conditions affect them but you can't compare 2 people because we are all affected differently by these conditions.

    It's easy to look at the descriptors and to score yourself points where it may not be possible to score them, likewise, it's easy to look at them and underscore yourself.


    Hope this helps.
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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 5,144 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome there are plenty of people get PIP for depression and anxiety but as poppy has said it is about how your condition affects your daily living and everyone is different 

    Good luck if you decide to claim and if you have any questions just ask 
  • CressCress Member Posts: 276 Pioneering
    I was awarded standard rate daily living for anxiety and depression.
    I was worried about applying as I'm the carer of a son with various medical problems and although I neglect myself etc I figured they'd think if I'm looking after him I must be able to look after myself.
    Fortunately, my assessment went well and I was awarded until I think April 23...which was a pleasant surprise and relief...I'd thought with first time application and fir mental health I'd be awarded for just 12 months.

  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Thank you all for a quick reply,
    I have been suffering from Depression and anxiety for years and was diagnosed 3 years ago, most of the days I just cannot get out of bed and cook for myself and the kids so my mom comes around and encourages me to cook helps me out on a day to day basis and checks on up on me literally everyday plus to always reminds me of taking my meds and makes sure I’ve had it,
    I’ve always thought pip is for people who are physically disabled and never applied for anything but now reading online it’s a relief to know mental health is in the category,

    so does that mean IF I get awared it will be for a year?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    sonia78 said:

    so does that mean IF I get awared it will be for a year?
    No, it totally depends on how your conditions affect you. The shortest award you can be given is 9 months. The longest award is 10 years with a light touch review.

    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.
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    That’s good to know but it’s so scary applying as they might ask why I didn’t apply before when the fact is I really never thought I’ll get anything with depression and anxiety
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm not sure why you think they would ask that. Whether a person claims for a disability benefit is entirely their decision. DWP are not going to start asking questions about why they didn't apply before lol. If you do get awarded then it's paid from the date you first rang to start your claim.

    If you do decide to apply when you receive the forms you need to fill them out with as much relevant information as possible about how your conditions affect you. You should also add a couple of recent real world examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you. Adding who was with you, where you wewre and exactly what happened.

    Remember, it's your responsibility to prove you qualify, not their's. They very rarely contact anyone for any evidence, it's your responsibility to make sure it's sent with your form and the best evidence you can send is your ancedotal evidence. Medical evidence is only useful if it states exactly how your conditions affect you and most evidence only states the basics like diagnosis, medication and recent appointments etc.


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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,842 Pioneering
    Welcome to our online community @sonia78 I hope you are well this Friday.

    I hope the responses you have received helped to reassure any concerns you had about applying for PIP.  As you can see, many people do claim PIP successfully for mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.  

    I'm moved your post over to our PIP, DLA and AA discussion board and please be sure to ask any more questions you might have about the application process :)
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  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Thank you so so much for replying this forum is a life changer, I’m going to ring up and apply today, I will let you know either way the outcome or if I need any kind of help
    thank you 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 5,252 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @sonia78 - & welcome to the community from me too. As well as the great information you have already received, you might find the following link useful to refer to when filling out your PIP claim form. Please see: https://www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/en/welfare-benefits/pip-mental-health-guide/help-with-your-pip-claim/how-to-fill-in-the-pip-form/
    This gives additional guidance for those that have mental health issues, so I hope you may find it helpful. Please do say if you have any questions when completing your form. Don't try & do too much at once, & you can ring the DWP & ask for extra time if needed, & another 14 days is given. :)
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Thank you ever so much 
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,086 Pioneering
    Hi @sonia78! Welcome to the community. I'm glad you've been able to get some really useful information here.

    Please do let us know how you get on today :) 
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,492 Disability Gamechanger
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    I have phoned  and applied today, should recieve the how the disability effects you form and keep you guys updated through the process
    🙂
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    Did you have a look at the PIP2 example link that i posted above? It will be worth you starting the form using sheets of paper, this will give you an advantage of time when you do actually receive the forms, which could be anything up to 10 working days. Make sure you add your name and NI number to everything.
    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.
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    it will definitely give me an advantage of time,
    will start on it later on today
    Thank you so much
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    After reading the PIP2 I’ve realised that some questions will be answered with some details which is understandable, but if I am honest I do have a problem with wording,
    Who can help me filling out a form if no relative or anyone is around 
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 5,144 Disability Gamechanger
    There is no right or wrong wording just say it as it is 

    You may get help from CAB or welfare rights but will only be over phone 
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Yeah I will try to put everything how it is, I will also try to find out who is available incase I get stuck
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    Anecdotal evidence will always be the best you can ever send. A couple of recent real world examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you. Adding who was with you, where you were and a detailed explanation of exactly what happened.

    Janer is correct, there's no specific wording that you should use and you are the best person to fill out the form because you are the only one that knows exactly how your conditions affect you.

    I always find doing a little at a time each day is helpful. Medical evidence is not really needed but if you do send it then make sure you read everything before you send it, making sure there's no contradictions in each piece of evidence. Remember, less is very often more and sending huge amounts of evidence is not helpful and it most likely won't all be read. It's pointless sending multiple pieces if they all say exactly the same thing.

    A successful claim can potentially take several months.
    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.
  • cupcake88cupcake88 Member Posts: 502 Pioneering
    @sonia78 I recieve pip for mental illnesses . I recieved pip first time the report said they recommended it for a year but I got it for 2 and half years . I got my pip first time with out having to appeal . Ask any one on the forum I was so nervous bout my pip application already preparing my self to appeal when I received pip for higher rate living and lower rate mobility . And my disabilities are all mental illnesses . 

    They don’t ask why you didn’t apply before . They didn’t ask my self . I my self suffered with anxiety for years and only applied at the start of this year I was too poorly fo apply for pip before when your mentally ill the thing on your mind is pip forms so i understand same with most people . 

    I personally had care plans from the mental health crisis team with a good amount of detail on how my mental illness affects me so I sent those off with my form also my partner wrote a letter explaining to them how my illness affects me I also sent a medication list across also . 

    I’m already dreading my next Review ha that’s anxiety for you . 

    Good luck we are all here to support you . 
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Thank you for taking your time and commenting,
    ive suffered from a lot of anxiety and depression for 3years,
    I have no help from anyone and I got kids so it’s quite hard tb honest,
    I’ll see if the doctor I’ve been seein can write a letter,
    so pleased that you didn’t have any issues and hopefully your review will go smoothly aswel🙂
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    A letter from a GP isn't the best evidence to send because a GP very rarely knows exactly how your conditions affect you, they will only know the basics, like diagnosis and medication etc. Very often a diagnosis is not in question.

    The best evidence you can send is your anecdtal eveidece, as advised above.
    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.
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    That is so true, the doctor doesn’t really know, however I have been keeping him updated how life is effecting me,
    i will take on your advice and just tell them how it is,
    So when it says medical evidence is crucial to be successful does that mean just medication info and what I’m taking etc
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    Medical evidence is not needed for a PIP claim because most of doesn't state exactly how your conditions affect you. Although this doesn't mean you can't send it but what you need to think about is if it doesn't state how you're affected then why send it?

    It's those recent real world examples that will really help a claim.
    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.
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    I agree with you,
    I will tell them how I get through the days on good and bad days,
    Overall how long is the process from me filling in the disability effected form till the decision
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    There's no timescales. Under normal circumstances most people had face to face assessments, which have now been replaced with telephone assessments. Paper based assessments are rare. As advised previously, a successful claim could potentially take several months.
    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.
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Thank you so much for all the info and help, I will let you know how I get on once I get the forms
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    The only person who sees me day in day out and how my condition impacts my life in everyway is my son whos 15 years old,
    do you think I should ask him if he’s willing to write a letter or do you think because he’s too young they wony accept it
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    They will either use it or they won't. No harm in sending it. Although you are the only person who knows how your conditions affect you. Concentrate on those recent real world examples.
    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.
  • tru88letru88le Member - under moderation Posts: 87 Courageous
    I'm not sure why you think they would ask that. Whether a person claims for a disability benefit is entirely their decision. DWP are not going to start asking questions about why they didn't apply before lol.
    I wouldnt put anything past the DWP. Ithey might if it ever goes to an appeal. Just like they bring up carers allowance at appeals even when they never queried it before, just trying to cast doubt.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    tru88le said:
    I'm not sure why you think they would ask that. Whether a person claims for a disability benefit is entirely their decision. DWP are not going to start asking questions about why they didn't apply before lol.
    I wouldnt put anything past the DWP. Ithey might if it ever goes to an appeal. Just like they bring up carers allowance at appeals even when they never queried it before, just trying to cast doubt.

    The majoirty of people claim PIP successfully without any problems at all. Being a carer only causes issues if your caring duties contradict the reasons why you're claiming PIP in the first place.

    In all honesty, i've claimed benefits since 2012 and never had any problems at all.
    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.
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    It’s good to know PIP is awarded to majority of people and IF they do ask me why I never applied which I don’t think they will I’ll just be honest and tell them I was never aware there was something for depression and anxiety
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 5,252 Disability Gamechanger
    I must say, I totally agree with @poppy123456 here - the majority of people successfully claim PIP as statistics show. There would certainly never be a query as to why you hadn't claimed a disability benefit earlier either.
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    thank you everyone for your support,
    I really hope I get the forms this week
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,139 Disability Gamechanger
    They won't ask why you never applied before and i'm not really sure why you think they would ask you.
    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.
  • sonia78sonia78 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Like I said in my earlier post after reading your and others post now now I doubt it they will ask
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