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carers/ disability living allowance ?

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shell

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Does anyone claim for this ?? my MHN said I might be entitled but looking through the form it doesn't really ask many mental health questions. Does anyone claim for this ?? Am I entitled ??
 
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maudikie.

The forms are al bewildering for everyone. I should apply, because there have been some changes. And cheque the date on any form they give/send you as some of the mare probably out of date.
When I applied to have my pension tc.. paid strainght into the bank I had four identical forms in about 2 seeks. I eventually complained, and that got it sorted. there is an awful lot of wast in form filling for eveyone.
The mental illness questions are difficult as they seem to apply in the main for physical disability. But keep on trying, and get some help from yoour C.P.N. if you have one, or fraom an advocate, or a relative or carer.
:)Try to keep smiling however annoying it may be.
 
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Carers allowance and disability living allowance are 2 separate things. I believe that carers allowance the carer has to claim but DLA you claim yourself. its a long form but get some help with it your cpn should be able to point you in direction of someone who can help you fill in form to your advantage About 75% of people who apply are turned down so if they do do this appeal against that. DLA makes a lot of difference Im on this myself and i get low mobility and high care rate dla in turn can lead to other benefits. dont know if you are working even if you are u can still claim dla
good luck
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hi shell. hope you are ok, pm jema she has filled out the forms to get the allowances xx
 
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Thanks guys will have a good look at the forms tonight, if I can stay awake and concentrate long enough :)
 
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The dla form is very physical disability orientated but you can meet the meal test whether you can cook a meal with concentration problems making it difficult and you can say you have problems going out to meet how far you can walk

It's been quite a while since i've filled one up, there was the reference from someone who knows you well, i used a friend then got upset about what she put, it's best to have someone who knows what they're lookinf for who knows you well which is a worry for me as my case has been closed
 
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Hi

When the depression gets really bad I struggle to look after myself get out of bed. Find it hard to go out or be in social situations because of my anxiety. I do find it hard to cook but usually manage. I can't drive at the moment because of the meds I feel like something out of the living dead :(. I only got diagnosed with bp2 about 9 weeks ago, the depression is the worst its ever been . :( x
 
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What they are looking for in the DLA claim, especially in the CARE side of the form is what support you need or how much of a risk you are to yourself if you are left alone for periods of time, especially in people who have mental health problems.

For instance someone with Bipolar / Personality Disorder / Depression could be at severe risk during the day of self harm with fluctations in there mood and could self harm / overdose if not watched closely and therefore they could be awared the Care Component at the Middle Rate.

If they were to say they were a risk at night, they didn't sleep, had insomnia, nightmares because of flashbacks or trauma incidents, had to call crisis teams, used alcohol to cope which risked them even more of self harm or suicide they are likely to be awarded the Care Component at the High Rate.

However they do not have to have someone living with them or actually caring for them to be awarded the care component of DLA.

It's how you word the form and what detail you put onto it, for help though in completing forms it's best to take advice from the CAB, a local Mental Health Charity or Welfare Rights.
 
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Does anyone claim for this ?? my MHN said I might be entitled but looking through the form it doesn't really ask many mental health questions. Does anyone claim for this ?? Am I entitled ??
The forms are a nightmare BUT it is worth while you fillling them out, a note of caution - fill it out as if its your WORST day- that was the help given to me and im passing it onto others. I'm on middle rate and low rate and i have mental health problems... So it wont hurt to fill it out, and maybe get someone like a welfare benefits adviser or someone from mind might be able to help you fill it out properly. ITs very repeatative so just remember what you've said in the last question and take your time doing it.

Hope it helps!

Dib4uk x
 
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I've been advised to apply for DLA and ESA (employment support allowance), I started the form and it's huge and very repetitive and I can't finish it alone so will get some help from my MHC at uni, when I finally get back there!!

I do have some questions though, if anyone can help?

My GP isn't very supportive, he is fine at offering meds and saying come back whenever you need to but he doesn't know half my issues either because of the lack of time, me not wanting to talk about it all etc, do I need him to back me up to get benefits because I don't want to be called a liar when I apply??
 
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I've been advised to apply for DLA and ESA (employment support allowance), I started the form and it's huge and very repetitive and I can't finish it alone so will get some help from my MHC at uni, when I finally get back there!!

I do have some questions though, if anyone can help?

My GP isn't very supportive, he is fine at offering meds and saying come back whenever you need to but he doesn't know half my issues either because of the lack of time, me not wanting to talk about it all etc, do I need him to back me up to get benefits because I don't want to be called a liar when I apply??
When claiming ESA you need to be careful when at uni or college u can study part time ie under 16 hours a week.

If your doctor is not much good at backing you up, neither was mine really but i got support from my local mind charity who helped me fill out the forms and i had my medical statement from my pyshciartrist.

Hope i answered your question.
 
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Thanks dib4uk

I'm classed as a full time student but I only attend lectures for 15 hours a week, this will be less next academic year.

I don't see a psychiatrist, although I would like to, do you know if my counsellor could do this for me? Or my mental health coordinator? They know me best.

Thanks again for your advice.
 
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I've never applied for any of these benefits. I have heard of them, but know nothing about them. I've just heard they're a complete nightmare and so I've never bothered.

I haven't been able to work for years or even study because of Bipolar. I have tried, but have had to give up because I've always become so ill again.

Does it make a difference whether or not your partner works ? Surely they have to take into account his annual salary ? Or maybe not :unsure: ?
 
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I've never applied for any of these benefits. I have heard of them, but know nothing about them. I've just heard they're a complete nightmare and so I've never bothered. I haven't been able to work for years or even study because of Bipolar. I have tried, but have had to give up because I've always become so ill again. Does it make a difference whether or not your partner works ? Surely they have to take into account his annual salary ? Or maybe not :unsure: ?
Dla isn't means tested so even if ur partner works u can still claim.
I revive dla and ESA which works out £600pm my claim for dla was rejected but I appled and they decided I was aligable after all. My cpn helped me fill mine out.
 
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I hear you skyblue. I'd never had any dealings with benefits before now and was only prompted by losing job after job and then going back to uni which I thought I wanted, and I do but still can't cope, but I'm now at risk of loosing my home as I can't afford to pay my bills so this finally prompted me to take the plunge. I know it wont be easy but I can get help through it whereas the only other option would be to work and I know that if I did that I'd be really ill again and would have a whole new episode of crap to run round in my head.

Certainly DLA isn't effected by your partners income, there are standard payments for each level. I don't think ESA works like that either but I may be wrong.
 
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