Claim PIP for mixed anxiety and depression

In 2024, there were 361,437 PIP claimants with mixed anxiety and depression listed as their main disabling condition. This makes it the most common condition to get an award of PIP for out of over 500 conditions listed by the DWP.

So, if you have mixed anxiety and depression and it affects your daily living activities, such as cooking, washing, dressing or mixing with other people or your ability to get around, you should definitely consider making a claim.

Success rates

The success rate for PIP claims for mixed anxiety and depression is 50%, compared to an overall average of 53%. 

Award rates

23% of PIP claimants with mixed anxiety and depression get the enhanced rate of both the daily living and the mobility component. 

Daily living awards

Enhanced daily living 51%

Standard daily living 46%

No daily living 3%

Mobility awards

Enhanced mobility 29%

Standard mobility 35%

No mobility 36%

97% of claimants with mixed anxiety and depression who get an award get the daily living component, compared to 64% who get the mobility component.

Age range

The ages of those currently in receipt of PIP for mixed anxiety and depression are:

  • 16-29 years  17%
  • 30-49 years  44%
  • 50-64 years  32%
  • 65 and over  7%

PIP rates

The rates of PIP from April 2024 are:

Daily Living component

Standard rate: £72.65

Enhanced rate: £108.55

Mobility component

Standard rate: £28.70

Enhanced rate: £75.75

 So, an award of the enhanced rate of PIP for both components means an extra £184.30 a week. 

PIP  is paid on top of almost every other benefit and may lead to an increase in some benefits or entitlement to additional benefits.

The enhanced rate of the mobility component also gives access to the Motability scheme.

Learn more or take the test

You can read more about claiming PIP for mixed anxiety and depression or take our simple online test now to find out if you might be able to make a claim.

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How you qualify for PIP

This information applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland – Scotland has a separate system.  You need to be aged at least 18 before you can receive PIP and you need to start your claim before you reach state pension age.

The best way to decide whether you might be eligible for PIP is to look through this list of PIP activities and think about the ways that your condition affects your ability to carry them out.  You are awarded points according to the level of difficulty you have with each of these activities, with sufficient points leading to an award of PIP.

Daily living activities
  • Preparing food
  • Taking nutrition
  • Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition
  • Washing and bathing
  • Managing toilet needs or incontinence
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Communicating verbally
  • Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words
  • Engaging with other people face-to-face
  • Making budgeting decisions
Mobility activities
  • Planning and following journeys
  • Moving around

Remember that you need to be able to complete the activities

  • to a reasonable standard,
  • safely,
  • repeatedly
  • taking no more than twice as long as it would take a person without a health condition.

Points for mixed anxiety and depression

Below are some examples of the issues that you might have because of mixed anxiety and depression.  Do remember, that if you have other conditions, you can take those into account too.

If you have difficulties with concentration or low energy, you may be unable to unable to heat food on the stove but can do so using a microwave. 

Due to low mood, you may lack the motivation to prepare food and so need someone to prompt and encourage you to make a meal.

You may have a poor appetite because of anxiety and need someone to prompt you to start eating or to finish your meal. 

Due to issues with concentration, you may need an aid (such as a dosette box or an automatic pill dispenser) to make sure you take the right medication.

If you are distracted by intrusive thoughts or a constant feeling of worry, it may take you more than twice as long to wash yourself as it would take another person who does not have anxiety.

Low mood may cause you to lack the motivation to get dressed and so you do not do so unless someone else prompts you. 

Anxiety in relation to your body or appearance may lead you to take considerably longer than other people to choose what to wear.  You may therefore not be able to dress within a reasonable time. 

You may be distracted by intrusive thoughts or low mood and so lack the motivation to communicate verbally with others unless you have someone with you who is experienced in helping you to speak. 

Anxiety about social situations may lead to you avoiding them unless you are prompted by another person to engage. 

You may not be able to plan a journey within a reasonable time because of worrying about possible triggers, obstacles or dangers that could arise on the route. 

Anxiety about possible dangers or problems when outdoors could make you reluctant to leave the house without someone prompting or encouraging you.  You could score points for this, even if you do then manage to complete the journey alone.

You may be able to follow a familiar route, such as to work or college, but need someone with you to help you manage anxiety when going to places you don’t know well. 

Benefits and Work members can also download a ‘PIP for Mixed Anxiety and Depression Supplementary Guide’ with even more examples and case studies, to complement our main guide to claiming PIP.

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Take the next step

Claiming PIP isn't easy. And getting the correct award is even harder.

But there are things you can do to greatly increase your chances of getting the right result.

One of them is to use our highly detailed, step-by-step Guide to PIP claims and reviews, which will support you through every stage of the system.

Because filling in the 37 page PIP2 ‘How your disability affects you’ form in as much detail as possible is vital.

It not only means you are giving accurate and consistent evidence from the outset, it also improves your chances of overturning an unfair decision if you have to go to appeal.  

Our guide takes you through the PIP2 form, box-by-box, explaining the kind of information you need to put in each one.

Being fully prepared for an assessment is vital too. Knowing what questions you are likely to be asked and what unspoken assumptions may be made based on your answers, unless you deal with them, can make all the difference.  Our guide will ensure you are as ready as you possibly can be.

And because we’ve been supporting claimants for 20 years and have a community of thousands of members who keep us updated with their experiences, we can make sure you are prepared for any unfair tactics the DWP might employ.

And we have guides to every other part of your PIP claim too, from mandatory reconsideration, to appeal to review.  Plus a forum where you can ask questions, regular news items and more.

So, whether you’ve tried claiming PIP before and been unsuccessful, or you’ve never had any experience of the benefits system, join the Benefits and Work community to give yourself the best possible chance of getting the right award.

Even if you are not ready to subscribe to the site yet, you can download our guide to ‘The First Steps To PIP Success’ for free and also join the 120,000 people who subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter.

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