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Anyone get PIP for anxiety/depression?

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MummyBtothree Sat 24-Sep-16 14:52:19

Im waiting for my form to come in the post but feel extremely daunted and overwhelmed by it all. Has anyone else actually been given PIP for a mental health condition? .

whatishistory Sun 25-Sep-16 18:53:40

I got a higher rate PIP for bipolar. I've had numerous admissions and crisis team referrals so I think that made a big difference. They awarded it on the basis of the evidence I sent & didn't make contact with my psychiatrist, which surprised me.

Lanaorana1 Sun 25-Sep-16 19:12:37

I know a tiny bit about this, having helped someone successfully sue and win an appeal.

You know the advice everyone trots out about telling them how it is every day? Yep, do that, do that, and do that again. The reality of living with serious illness is often hidden and it will stay that way unless you spell it out.

The second thing - read the guidelines PIP decision makers use to make awards.* Match up the problems you have with the criteria they use.*

For instance, if there are some days you can't leave the house from illness, which garners 12 points, tell them that. Go into the nitty-gritty of how you get about, and so on.

The third thing that may help is giving them a bit of background about you and your work to show you're not a waster. Yes, I know - this is a sick joke to anyone with health problems but I reckon it helps. I made sure PIP knew full well I was helping a professional with 20 years as a taxpayer under his belt before making a claim.

We said on the form, look, if you think swapping years of a successful career for living it up on benefits is a choice then you're not friends with the right people. But the main thing is - read the list of what they award points for, then match your symptoms to the points.

If it doesn't work, you can appeal - do it. Over half appeals win, and it's quicker than the initial process.

BlasianFashionista Sun 25-Sep-16 19:21:14


A friend of mine suffers from anxiety and depression she gets PIP enhanced rate care but no mobilty.

Remember it's not about how bad your illness is, it's about how badly it effects you, PIP works on a points scheme and you may be invited in for a medical.

^ this site is very helpful

Good luck flowers

Orchidflower1 Sun 25-Sep-16 21:47:57

Can you get a pip if you're abl to work part time on a charge of job from before you were ill?

woowoowoo Sun 25-Sep-16 22:05:11

You can get pip if you're working, yes. It is not means tested so doesn't matter if you have a paid income or savings.

I get DLA (not been changed over to PIP yet and I'm dreading it) for depression and anxiety even thought I am self employed (although not earning a great deal due to my limitations).

It is not the diagnosis that they go off but the affect your condition has in your day to day life to cook and look after yourself. There is a guide you can buy for completing forms for mental health conditions. I can't remember the website now but if you want more info, I will gladly dig it out for you.

I too made it clear that I had a well paid job before I became ill. I also made the point at how badly my whole life was affected as a result. Not sure if this garnered more sympathy from the decision makers, but it might have helped.

The key is to provide as much evidence as you can with your claim. So...copies of medical letters, prescriptions, supporting letter from counsellor etc.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will try to help. I haven't applied for PIP yet though. I am on the old DLA and will have to reapply myself at some point.

woowoowoo Sun 25-Sep-16 22:06:49

The website is - the PP has reminded me.

MummyBtothree Tue 27-Sep-16 17:49:26

Thanks everyone for replying. I've got my form through the post today so I'm going to make an appointment with citizens advice to get some help filling out the form. I've also got to ask my gp now if they will provide me with some evidence of my treatments etc. Does anyone know if gp's charge you for writing a letter up for evidence? , thanks.

woowoowoo Wed 28-Sep-16 10:46:28

I didn't ask my GP for a letter of support, I asked a CBT specialist that I was seeing. She knew me and my limitations far better than my GP. She didn't charge me eithf. I just asked her at one of my sessions whether she would be willing to provide a letter to support my claim. She agreed and gave me the letter at my next visit. Do you have a counsellor or someone similar you see regularly who could do this instead of your GP?

You can provide your repeat prescription list or photocopy your medication labels as evidence of medication. I used appointment letters to evidence my other treatments. Make sure you photocopy everything, including your form, before you send it all off.

KitKats28 Wed 28-Sep-16 15:50:09

You shouldn't need to ask your GP to provide supporting evidence. When I filled my forms in I just listed all the medical personnel I've seen and said it was fine for them to be contacted. The only thing I actually sent with the forms was a prescription list, which the receptionist printed out for me.

As others have said, they are only interested in how your condition affects you , as different things affect people in so many different ways. They aren't there to pass judgment on what you have, just how your day to day life is

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