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PIP enhanced rate awarded! 4 years 5 months ago #192766

This is a message I never ever expected to write. It's a victory for me and I hope a step forward for others like me. I have just been awarded enhanced rate on both daily living and mobility for disabilities that ALL stem from mental health conditions. Namely, PTSD, Depression & Agoraphobia. I've been awarded them for 2 years.

I prepared very thoroughly and it took me weeks and weeks to fill in the PIP2 both with help and hindrances by the CAB and I had to ask for extension after extension. I think the secret to this success was the volume and style of my written evidence that I submitted to support my claim. But I wrote it following the guidelines supplied to me by this website which were invaluable. It's still the hardest submission of anything in writing I've ever achieved. It caused panic attacks, and days and days of illness and a sense of hopelessness I hope never to experience again.

I would be happy to give thorough feedback to anyone at B&W that wishes to contact me in the hope that it will help others. I want to say to anyone reading this that's going through it. DON'T. GIVE. UP.

I've got an illness that you can't see. They want to dismiss mental health altogether but I made them listen. I described in such detail what happens when I try to go out, or when I try to interact socially. I wrote it like a script, making the words so descriptive that any human being couldn't fail but see in their minds what I go through. They couldn't dispute my symptoms when they manifested at the face to face interview. It was humiliating and terrible. But I now have £141 per week to care for myself and carry on with the treatment that works for me.

My sincerest thanks to everyone who contributes to this site. Particularly Gordon & Mrs Hurtyback.

I'm still angry. But the clouds have parted and I can breathe. I'm wishing you all courage and fortitude in your process and hope this awfulness will be abolished very soon.

The following user(s) said Thank You: Marinamal

PIP enhanced rate awarded! 4 years 5 months ago #192777


A big congratulations on the award, well done.


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The following user(s) said Thank You: Redwood
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PIP enhanced rate awarded! 4 years 5 months ago #192792

Congratulations to you too. And to all at B&W. For your selfless dedication to helping. For your immense humanity in acting to bring change. I'm truly truly grateful.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Gordon, slugsta

PIP enhanced rate awarded! 4 years 5 months ago #192934

Congratulations. Can you please tell me what descriptor you were awarded for mobility to get 12 points?

I have similar to illnesses and was only awarded 4 points and have been led to believe that you can only get standard mobilty due to mental health.

The following user(s) said Thank You: Marinamal

PIP enhanced rate awarded! 4 years 2 months ago #197240


So sorry for long delay in replying. Don't bet you can't get it for mental health. But you need to really provide good supporting evidence that describes what happens to hinder your ability to go out or move around. I got 10 points for Planning and following a journey and 8 points for moving around.

I proved that it was impossible for me to plan journeys and the report says:

'You can't undertake any journey because it would cause you significant mental distress'.

If I can help you more in any way don't hesitate to ask.

PIP enhanced rate awarded! 4 years 2 months ago #197270

I have to say Redwood that you being awarded the mobility component does give us suffering from mental health issues some hope. If you don't mind me asking, do you actually go out of your home, even though it does cause you significant mental distress?

Sadly, I've only seen your post now, I sent back my PIP 2 form yesterday. I tried my best to describe my issues in regard to the mobility components, but I'm not very hopeful. I'm guessing they regarded (or you successfully argued) that your PTSD is a physical condition rather than psychological one because, as I'm sure you know, the 10 points for planning and following a journey specifically excludes psychological distress.

Anyway, congratulations! :)
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