Hopefully my post will get some answers, and stimulate some thinking
I've a copy of the ESA Guide by the Disability Alliance and have been looking closely at the the Support Group Descriptors relating to my post
11. Initiating and completing personal action(which means planning, organisation, problem solving, prioritising and switching tasks
This descriptor requires inability to reliably initiate aAor complete at least 2 sequential actions
12 Coping with change, 'cannot cope with change due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder, to the extent that day to day life cannot be managed
13. Coping with social engagement. 'Engagement in social contact is always precluded due to difficulty relating to others or significant distress experienced by the individual'
My questions are as follows
Would OCD related difficulties stand one a decent chance with 11, and 12, on the basis that obsessional thinking or ritual so hampers efficacy of these functions, or that they are efficaciously completed only the minority of the time, that it might be possible to secure this descriptor for access to the support group. ?
By 'Sequential actions ' would this for example be proven as an ability even at the medical it might be said that ' customer removed trousers and socks' or ' put shoes on and tied laces ' ? If so, then VERY few people would qualify under this heading Certain sequential actions such as those undertaken without active thought, example socks and laces, or 'operating a clutch and gears on a car' could be completed often even in the presence of severe, even mental health detention by section level illness, and so the sequential actions could be easily shown as successfully undertaken
Would several times daily Panic attacks causing fleeing from rooms and conversations suffice for 13. ? bY 'Social Contact' I presume that they do not mean you have no conversation at all with your housemates/immediate family with whom one lives ? Or might it be that 'social contact' would even include with the GP ? If it were to mean all forms of face to face contact it would mean that many patients on an acute psychiatric ward would not qualify for this descriptor, and almost no claimants who live in the same home as family members or partners
Any clarification ?
Any ideas ?: