Claim PIP for Depression

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PLEASE NOTE, When you are assessing yourself, the law says that you only count as being able to do something if you can do it safely; to an acceptable standard; repeatedly and in a reasonable time period. Guidance also says that 'pain, fatigue, breathlessness, nausea and motivation' should all be taken into account.
Daily living

1. Preparing food

For example, difficulties with concentration may mean you start to cook a meal but then become distracted, leaving pans to burn or food to get cold in the microwave.   You may need supervision because of this issue.

You may cut yourself whilst cooking because your attention is elsewhere, so you need an aid such as an auto chopper.

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2. Taking nutrition

For example, if you self-harm or experience suicidal thoughts, you may need someone to supervise you when eating to prevent you from harming yourself with sharp cutlery.

Due to low mood, you may not prioritise eating and so need someone to remind you.  Or you may use an alarm function on your phone as a reminder.

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3. Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition

For example, lack of motivation may mean that you need someone to help organise your medication into a dosette box or similar aid to make sure that you take it correctly.

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4. Washing and bathing

For example, if you have difficulties concentrating or remembering things, you might find you need to be reminded to have a wash. 

You might wash or bathe but not to an acceptable standard because, for example, your mood is low and you lack interest in your appearance.

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5. Managing toilet needs or incontinence

For example, low mood or problems with concentration may mean you require prompting to complete all the stages of using the toilet, such as wiping or washing your hands afterwards. 

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6. Dressing and undressing

For example, you may have no interest in choosing clothing because of low mood, poor motivation or loss of interest in your appearance.  You may need another person to help you choose what to wear. 

If you struggle to concentrate or make decisions, you may be unable to choose suitable clothing for the weather unless someone else helps you. 

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7. Communicating

For example, 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. 

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8. Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words

For example, significant difficulties with concentration may mean you need another person to help you to understand what you have read. 

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9. Engaging with other people face to face

For example, feeling hopeless or worthless may make you reluctant to engage with others unless prompted, either by a person who is with you or by message/phone call.

Due to difficulty concentrating or remembering what has been said, you may need someone to help you to follow a conversation with another person or prompt you to respond.

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10. Making budgeting decisions

For example, you may procrastinate about financial decisions because of poor motivation.  You may need someone to prompt you or to make the decisions on your behalf. 

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Mobility activities

11. Planning and following journeys

For example, inability to concentrate may mean you might make mistakes when planning a route and need someone else to help check you have planned it correctly.

You may be so worried about having to engage with people when outdoors that you struggle to leave the house without prompting.

Due to poor concentration, you may take wrong turns when walking/driving or miss your stop when on public transport unless you have someone to prompt you about this.


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12. Moving around

We don't know of a reason why your condition would affect this activity. But you may know of one or you may have another condition which is relevant.

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