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PIP Mental health Success (A How To Guide)

This article will outline pip mental health success, comment on how to increase your chances of getting PIP benefits especially if you have a mental health condition. It will also clarify the stance of the DWP and whether or not they acknowledge mental health conditions and their effects on a person’s day to day life.

PIP Success & Mental Health

You can get PIP benefits if your day to day life is becoming difficult due to a mental health condition or disease; this is because things have now changed at the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) and they now recognize the impact of mental health on life. Hence, if you applied in the past for PIP benefits due to a mental health condition but did not get the benefit then you can apply now.

Because of the change, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said it will look again at any PIP claims which were decided after 27 November 2016 but before 28 June 2018 – you can check the date on your decision letter. 

If you think this would change a decision made about your PIP then you can ask the DWP to look at your claim again. 

You can ask them to do this if you:

  • have a mental health condition that makes going outside difficult
  • didn’t get the mobility component of PIP or you got the standard rate of the mobility component

Let us take a look at how you can ensure that you get PIP benefits if you have a mental health condition like that of stress that results in phobias such as agoraphobia.

How To Ensure You Get PIP?

There are some steps you can follow to ensure your true condition is properly conveyed to your concerned health professional. Also, you must have knowledge of various symptoms you may experience so that you can include them in your forms or the information you send over to the DWP.

We will take the example of stress and how it affects us coupled with any other existing condition.

Talk About Your Symptoms

Regardless of how you feel or what you think, your symptoms are what really make the difference! If the condition is affecting you in a physical manner or affects your behaviour then your doctor as well as your employer are more likely to become convinced that your case is serious!

It is important that you talk about your symptoms in detail. Whether it is a headache or a minor cut that appeared on your body – talk about it. Sometimes we take things for granted but they have a relation to what we feel, think or experience.

Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations — whether they’re real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as “fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. Sometimes stress can result in such severe conditions or exacerbate an existing condition that it affects your daily life.

According to WebMD, the following symptoms reflect stress:

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
  • Avoiding others

Physical symptoms of stress include:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

Behavioral symptoms of stress include:

  • Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing

Be Open About Your Feelings

Feelings also matter a lot! One of the most important feelings is that of happiness – it is a universal way to measure your quality of life. However, sometimes we are not happy but unhappy, sad, anxious and stressed out! This can take a toll on our body because how we feel eventually affects our physiological state!

Feelings can also point to serious mental conditions such as depression! If this is the case, your doctor will immediately give you a stress leave. This can also serve to prove that your daily life is being affected.

Highlight Triggers

It is important you clearly tell your doctor what stresses you out. This will enable them to determine whether or not these triggers exist in your office – they are most likely too! Hence, once they have enough information about how you feel and what experiences you have, they are in a better position to get you a stress leave.

Clearly State Why You Need PIP

It is important that you convey what you want your doctor to do – in this case it is getting PIP.

Your doctor must be told why you want PIP benefits and how it will improve your basic quality of life.

Listen To What The Doctor Has To Say

Last but not least, listening to the doctor’s advice is quite important. They are in a better position to tell you what to do. In some cases they will immediately help you get PIP. In other situations they will tell you to wait a bit longer because they may need more evidence.

Book Follow Up Appointments

Show your doctor you are serious and are really in need of help by visiting them regularly! They will see the desperation and help you!

What Is PIP?

PIP stands for Personal Independence Pay that is a non-taxable benefit which can be availed by people who suffer from a long term condition or injury that affects their daily life activities and mobility. 

This means they cannot walk properly or carry out simple or basic tasks such as eating properly or doing simple well being tasks like taking a bath. This benefit is given to people not based on the condition itself but the way it affects the person and their life activities.

It takes quite some time because of the information the concerned department has to process with regards to your case. In this case, the concerned department is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which will make a decision after you have completed your medical assessment and have sent in other relevant documents such as your claims and the notes made by the health professional during or with regards to your medical assessment.

Thus, the following 3 sources of information are taking into consideration:

  • Your Claim
  • Your Medical Assessment
  • Health Professionals Comments

What Benefits Does PIP Give Me?

The criteria consider the difficulties you have and the help you need in the following areas.

Daily living

  • preparing food (including needing prompting or supervision to cook) taking nutrition (which means eating, including needing prompting or supervision)
  • managing therapy or monitoring a health condition (including needing reminding to take medication)
  • washing and bathing (including needing prompting or supervision to wash)
  • managing toilet needs or incontinence (including needing prompting or supervision)
  • dressing and undressing (including needing prompting)
  • communicating verbally (including needing communication support)
  • reading and understanding signs, symbols, and words (including needing prompting to read or understand written information)
  • engaging with other people face-to-face (which means being able to interact in an appropriate manner, understand body language and establish relationships)
  • making budgeting decisions (which includes the need for assistance when planning a budget or managing and paying bills).

Mobility

  • planning and following a journey (including needing prompting or assistance to make a journey)
  • moving around (this looks at physical ability to move around).

Conclusion

This article took a look at whether or not the Department for Work and Pension recognizes the impact of mental health on day to day life and does such a condition or disease qualify as a pointer for PIP benefits. The article also provided an example of stress and how one can increase their chances of getting this non-taxable benefit. Furthermore, PIP was introduced to the readers as a non-taxable benefit and a criteria was provided that gave an understanding of what people are considered for PIP.

References

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/review-of-your-pip-claim/if-youve-got-a-mental-health-condition-and-didnt-get-the-higher-rate-of-PIP-mobility/
https://www.gov.uk/pip/when-your-pip-claim-is-reviewed

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