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    Advice on answering descriptor questions for ESA assessment in two days?

    Can anyone PLEASE offer me any advice on how he can apply descriptors to his conditions for ESA assessment 10th JAN? We have absolutely no idea how to apply these things? Can someone point us in the right direction? As mentioned previously - Long term mental illnesses-15 years, severe depression, severe social anxiety/ social phobia/ BDD previous long standing, alcoholism (bad body image issues) and paranoia and obsessive behaviour etc.

    We really need some idea of how to link his condition specifically to the questions they ask you? They didn't send him an ESA50!

    He has an advocate but he hasn’t done any assessments ever so we’ve had no professional advice on how we do this and were running out of time. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    AFAIK everyone should have an ESA50, so I can't answer why he hasn't had 1.

    As for the assessment.... First off have a look at https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...stionnaire.pdf

    That is the ESA50.

    Basically in an assessment they do not care what health problems someone has. Their job is purely to find out how said health problems prevents that person from being able to work.

    They have computer software in front of them with questions to ask the person being assessed. Have a look at the ESA50 for guidance of the sort of questions they could ask.

    Often to them "sometimes" being able to do something = The person CAN do that.


    It's best to answer them honestly and in as much detail as possible. I think people can bring notes in with them so write down answers to questions featured in the ESA50 and refer to them if needed.

    They will probe into how that person got to the assessment (using public transport, if they went alone) and even if they are looking presentable (so were able to get ready by themselves).

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    Hello claimant1

    Does the person you are helping taking medication that causes side effects?

    Do these side effects, make cooking a simple meal or bathing difficult in any way. Do they need help to remember to take their medication?

    How does their bad body image issues effect them getting dressed?

    How are they effected when they go out? Do they go out?

    Good luck, please come back to the forum and let us know how they got on.

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    What helped me filling in form waa the descriptors pls look on c a b for helping filling in esa 50 and the points you need for each section hope that helps goodluck

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