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winofunk

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#1
Good morning and hello to all out there.
Am new here. Male 43 in Glasgow. Trying hard not to make it sound like an intro from a dating site.

Have been living with depression for most of my life. My current episode has been my worst. Started back in 2016. I have been self-harming and was hosptalised for 6 weeks back in October 2017.

It is great to be somewhere welcoming.

PS. I have just realised that in making contact and saying 'hello' I have probably just failed my upcoming ESA work capabilty assessment :)
 
frogsplash

frogsplash

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#2
hi m8

i got kicked off ESA a couple of years ago when they did the big nationwide review and changed the questionnaire to something like:
them: "can you blink your eyes?"
me: "yes. yes i can"
them: "excellent, you are fully fit and ready for work then".

anyway i got a part-time job now and it all worked out ok :)

good luck with your next assessment
 
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winofunk

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#4
Thanks for the welcome :)

Hello FuBar and hello Frogsplash. And congrats on getting a job, Frogsplash. I hope it is all going well for you. I try not to spread negativity but my first ESA face-to-face assessment last year was just woeful. When the assessment began I questioned the assessors knowledge of mental health issues, wanting to be certain that the person carrying out the assessment knew the extent to which my ability to work could be affected by my poor mental health. It was noted in my medical report that I was hostile.

The questions they are prompted to ask are just awful and cannot capture the extent to which someone's ability to work is affected by their health condition.

Anyway, I am trying to keep positive about it. Thankfully, since my last assessment, the guidance for assessors has been changed and the DWP now advise them against asking to see evidence of self-harm.

Will just have to wait to see how it goes.
 
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exyz

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Hello WF

Thanks for your intro. (I can't call you Wino.... sorry)

Welcome and I hope that we can help give you a bit of support, it's a bit lonely out there I know.:peace:
 
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exyz

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Morning:), just in time for a fried egg sandwich. Will put the kettle on for a cuppa;)
 

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