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DLA for bipolar - lenght of the award?

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benno

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My wife has been awarded with DLA , low mobility , highest rate care.
The decilne in her mental health was precipitated by recent delivery of her first baby girl so they treat as a single severe episode.
As we know that was genetic aspect- her father suffering the same illness.
Her diagnose : bipolar affective disorder (manic episode with psychotic symptoms)

We `ve just received the letter from DLA recently they only award her for just 18 months as how much help she will need is uncertain.

But that wasn`t one episode, we have good evidence of few relapses of the illness ,in last 2 months I gather more information from my wife Psych:
- Recurrent episodes of mania and depression.
-History of few hospital admissions.
-History of admission under the Mental Health Act (she was detained in the Hopsital under section 2 of MHA) - happened just once
- that will be long - term treatment of mood stabilising drugs such as lithium (this will take few years), olanzapine, clonazepam.

My question is:
- shall I challenge decision and ask for longer award (prob my Psych will write supportive letter ) or leave it for next year and review it. I have one month to decide.
I`m quite happy with the outcome (low mobility, highest care) but not happy with the lenght of award.
Any suggestion?
 
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Fizzz

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It's quite normal to get an award of 18 months for mental health. You will just receive a review form about 2-3 months before the award is due to end and then you complete it as she is then and she will be awarded it again if there is no change. So no, I'd leave it as it is.
 
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benno

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Good to hear it`s usuall award. Thanks Fizzz.
A bit of scared because new benefit ( PIP) in next year , hopefully everything will stay the same. I`ve read a bit about new proposal in regards to PIP and thankfully looks even better to all people with mental health problems.
 
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