Hello all, Just found the site on google, I need a bit of help before i get into this appeal business, again.
Im 25 year old male, I have been on incap since 2004 for mental health problems, ( depression) been on and off anti depressants for years...
I recently went for a medical with atos healthcare with regards to my incap benefit being renewed, I had been self harming as of late, well, over the years really. This healthcare exam wasnt much at all, she took 10 mins and sent me on my way. Out of pure gut feeling, i felt she wasnt going to give me the decision, so i took it upon myself to visit my gp the same day and show him some of the injuries i had been causing myself, self inflicted burns on wrist and arms. Theres been a lot of them over the years but i havent told them. So the Dr refers me to a pshycyatrist and doubles my dose of fluoxetine and sends me on my way.. Today i got a call from the job centre saying i hadnt met the criteria for employment and support allowance and my incap will run till Jan..... This is where i am upto, but also, I am on an underlying entitlement for carers allowance, (I am currently caring for my aunt who suffers severe back and shoulder pain and isnt too good herself, mentally) So to sum up, I look after my aunt most of the time, I am depressed myself ( I wont go into the details) and i am self harming ( deep burns with hot lighter) I know it sounds mad but i assure you im not insane
Can anybody give me some advice on what to do? Thanks in advance and Merry Christmas. Nick.