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ATOS Assessment Soon with Dissociative identity disorder

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Shazzarr

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Hi all,
firstly if this is in the wrong place please feel free to move this thread.

I'm posting this on behalf of my other half, I'll start off at the beginning.
Last year my OH had a very bad year, he attempted to kill himself by trying to OD on medication + alcohol, he's self harmed as an attempt to take his life and has self-harmed because of his other identity taking over and hurting him. (I don't understand completely about this because when he "takes a backseat" things get blurry and its hard for him to remember and so it's even harder for him to explain this to me). In short, he's self harmed and had various suicide attempts - my OH has Dissociative Identity Disorder and a range of other things.

He has an ATOS assessment next Tuesday that I can't help but worry and worry about (I have anxiety problems myself so I'm going mad :p) and I want to know if they are made aware of his past suicide attempts and self harming (all of which was last year no less) are they allowed to remove his ESA entitlement?

My OH moved in with me from his fathers home to me (213 miles) and has managed to improve his mental health a lot since, but we rely on his ESA. If that ESA gets revoked we will loose our home and I think my OH may relapse because having a home gives him his freedom and has been told by his old Mental Health therapist that his DID is brought on by stressful times (he worked last year which is exactly when his DID took over incredibly)
Any advice is wonderful because I've been through it before and I know full well that when we go to this assessment that he will not have a qualified mental health worker and instead have someone that knows absolutely nothing about his mental health illness.

Sorry for the ramblings.

TLDR: My partner has dissociative identity disorder and has a history of self harm and suicide attempts, are ATOS legally able to give him the all clear despite him being an obvious liability. And what do you think they are going to do?
 
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nightmare57

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They do take potential suicide risk into account. The WCA process (this could be face to face or paper based) determines if work related activities would have a detrimental effect on ones mental health and if they fall under Substantial Risk criteria they will be placed in the support group. Basically it's likely he will be placed into the support group if he's a danger to himself and it's well documented. Believe it or not the DWP have a duty of care and you only hear the horror stories not the thousands of people who successfully get placed into either group (work related/support group) of ESA.
 
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They say they don't save money on suicides but they must for all the emotional abuse - long waits between form filling and tests, very nice people who pretend it's nothing before robbing you blind and throwing you into sanctions culture where one wrong word can see you in destitution and starvation....I reckon they save a lot of money for it to pay off.
 
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Dottyone

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ATOS = Arsole tossers on SAVING

But to them in goverment it meant

Arsehole tossers ont sick
 
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Shazzarr

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An update, we were told to go and get a letter from the Dr saying why he cant attend his appt.
He ended up having a psychotic episode in which one of his personalities told him to "Shut him up" him being the doctor.
Going to get my mother to ring them soon as they rescheduled the appt for the 31st of october should his home assessment be denied (which is probably the case because we've not heard from them), going to tell them to write everything she says down into his file because it concerns the safety of him and the staff at the assessment centre (he didnt hurt the doctor but the assessments 10x more stressful so I'd imagine that something might happen.)

If it wasn't bad enough, from the stress and the episodes hes ended up having to take 150mg of quetiapene to help him sleep because of the night terrors he keeps having (and even then they dont get rid of them completely) AND if that wasn't enough, hes now suffering with a severe eczema flare which is constantly itchy and sore :cry:

If anyone has any suggestions about ATOS we'd be really grateful.
Also if anyone has any advice they can give me (the partner of the guy with DID, chronic depression and a boatload of stuff) on how I can help my other half I'd be really grateful, I want to support him and help but I find myself constantly worrying (as if i wasnt already worrying enough being a person with an anxiety disorder) and I'm on guard making sure he doesnt do anything dangerous etc.

Thanks guys :)
 
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