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    Paper based assessment for Mental Health. Please help!

    Hi,

    I really hope someone can give me some advice who might have had a paper assessment for their Mental Health condition.Is this even possible? I have been given a home assessment at the moment but am very ill and the stress of all this is taking me over the edge as it has with many others here. My Psychologist has said that she thinks there is no way i can cope with an assessment and will write me a letter and try and help me get them to do a paper assessment but does anyone have any idea what she has to say. They were given a doctors letter which they completely ignored so will they just ignore my psychologist even though she is specialist in my conditions? To be honest there would be no point in them coming anyway as i would be a hysterical mess, have a panic attack and certainly wouldn't be able to talk to them.I have never had this problem before with any benefits and they are putting me through hell but from what i have read they are brutal!

    Thank you

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    Hi
    There is no harm in your Psychologist writing a letter, and hopfully it will help.It is not unusual for the DWP to ignore everything you send. However, most of the cases you read about on forums are the ones that go not as planned, by far most assesments are sympathetic to the claimant. If you contact your MP they may be able to assist with getting you a paper based assesment. If you do have to have a home assesment, would you have someone to be with you ?
    Anything expressed is my opinion only and is offered in good faith. It is either from my own experiance or what I have learned on my journey. Take it for what it is or leave it alone. With best wishes D.

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    I have severe mental health problems, mainly anxiety related. I was put through the hell,of having an assessment at home which the assessor had to terminate after 15 minutes. I was in a terrible state afterwards. The assessor herself said I should never have been asked to do a face to face assessment. I ended up having a paper assessment and despite me sending in over 20 pieces of medical evidence, mainly psychiatric care plans and letters, my report was just 5 pages long with just one A4 side of comments from the so-called healthcare practitioner. It was full of errors and omissions. I felt very angry and cheated. I'm currently waiting on a mandatory reconsideration from DWP.

    Best of luck if you manage to get a paper assessment, just don't hold out any hope of it being accurate.

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    I would send the psychologists letter and try your mp failing that you will just need to go through it and they will see how bad you are.I got a paper based assessment on my first claim for my mental health condition without asking for one or sending in any evidence,when I reassessed a couple of months ago they told me to go for a f2f I asked for a paper based assessment saying that I couldn't cope with a f2f that's why I didn't get one the first time I sent my doctors letter again saying I can't cope with it and I sent in official proof from the work programme proving I can't cope with work related activity they ignored it and I had to take diazepam to go.It seems it is just the luck of the draw on who you get to assess your esa50 and evidence and they don't give you paper based you just need go through it and cope with it the best you can.
    Last edited by Toby123; 07-03-2017 at 01:52 PM.

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    Hello heelme

    From my experience and what I have read on the forum by far the majority realise the face to face assessment experience is not as bad as they imagined.

    I suffer from both physical problems that have resulted in severe mental health difficulties, talking about my physical problems causes me immense issues, so you can imagine how I felt at the thought of a face to face assessment.

    In reality the assessor was considerate in their questioning, perhaps too careful as I didn't qualify for PIP despite both GP and Psychiatrist evidence.

    My MR failed and I had to go onto a tribunal to finally be awarded PIP, the process made me quite unwell, so unwell in fact, doctors were alarmed at my blood test results.

    Sadly if we want to claim PIP, part of the process (however useless we all know that it is) is the face to face assessment, like completing the PIP2 it is just another part of the process that we have to undergo in order to claim PIP.

    Good luck with yours.
    Last edited by buble48; 07-03-2017 at 02:01 PM.

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    I have schizoaffective disorder and a mild learning disability. I have never been to a medical assessment and my appointee has received 3 forms since 2012 and I have always been awarded support group without the having to go for the assessment. i think when social workers fill out the forms they have more weight than if I did them myself.

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    Thank you for all your advice. I think its disgusting how they have treated you Belljar. The whole thing makes me so angry. They should have different ways of assessing people who cannot deal with face to face assessments. By what you have all said i imagine i will have to appeal to get it in the end. Will they stop my DLA if i have to do that? I am terrified as this effects all my other benefits so would end up homeless if i don't get it. So much for them wanted to help people have independence and get back to work. Its a complete joke. I am so ill because of all this and i was finally feeling like i had some hope. It's a joke! I will try the Psychologist letter and see if it makes any difference. Sorry to be stupid, but what does MP mean? Thanks

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    I didn't need to appeal I got 0 points because the nurse lied and ignored evidence I gave her but the decision maker read the evidence overturned the decision and left me in support group you might not need to appeal as I said it just depends on who you get hopefully you will get someone nice.I think an mp is the person you vote for in local elections to represent your area in parliament so if you have problems with benefits they can help you.
    Last edited by Toby123; 07-03-2017 at 02:52 PM.

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    MP is the Member of Parliament for your area as voted for in the recent general election
    Anything expressed is my opinion only and is offered in good faith. It is either from my own experiance or what I have learned on my journey. Take it for what it is or leave it alone. With best wishes D.

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    Are you talking about ESA Toby as i don't think PIP has a support group. I get ESA but never had to have an assessment for that. Oh i didn't realise that people meant that type of MP. It seems crazy that they might listen to someone you don't know who isn't a trained Psychologist over a Psychologist that knows you really well and is a specialist. I do not really understand why PIP ask you to fill in a form. It takes ages and then they don't listen to what you have written anyway and make you tell someone face to face. What is the point. I think i am so terrified because although some people have said their assessment went fine. I have read a lot of people on many forums saying how they were ignored and the assessors lied on the form but you are not allowed to record them. It's all corrupt and to be honest the way they treat people should be illegal.

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