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PIP 1 month 1 week ago #235544

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I think that is stretching the definition of Social Support, the intention is that is given/available when the claimant is interacting with other people, the activity requires the people to be face-to-face.

Gordon

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PIP 1 month 3 days ago #235782

Thank you. Please may I ask with the engaging face to face and the 8 points for opd, would you need to have opd with everyone, or could it count if you were ok with just one family member but not with everyone else?

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PIP 1 month 3 days ago #235783

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There's not much guidance for this Descriptor, the DWP guide has the following

"Overwhelming psychological distress means distress related to a mental health condition or intellectual or cognitive impairment which results in a severe anxiety state in which the symptoms are so severe that the person is unable to function. This may be as a direct result of a mental health condition, or as a result of another disability such as cognitive or developmental impairment."

There's no direction as to what "cannot" means so you have to take the dictionary definition;

"can not; to be unable or not allowed to"

However, you need to remember that the reliability criteria still apply, so "cannot" does not mean "never" but it may mean that if you can socialise at any time in a day then that day would not count towards the majority of days.

Gordon
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PIP 1 month 3 days ago #235788

If being too scared to engage with people and thus avoiding and never seeing people, does this count as unable to function, or do you actually have to be engaging and not functioning during the engagements?

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PIP 1 month 3 days ago #235794

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You need to be very careful about how you describe your problems; whilst you may be able to score for being unable to complete an activity, you will not score if you do not carry out the activity in the first place.

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PIP 1 month 3 days ago #235797

I have got so bad that I avoid the activities, this is what my consultant writes about me, so it is a difficult situation. I have a feeling I will get zero points because I have got too bad/disabled!

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