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they made it too difficult to work

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I have schizophrenia and ME according to doctors
as well as some other more embarrassing things
if anything could be already more embarrassing

I used to do various voluntary jobs and studying
with a view to earning money at some point
at least part time

but I was hounded with interviews about it
and I was generally advised by the job centre
and by other mental health workers
that working would be too difficult for me

even when I went on vocational training courses and assessments

things are set up that as soon as you show a leg
they start pushing you and expect more

if they were tuned in to our illnesses
some of us might be able to earn a part of our benefits
but not all of it

as it is those that might have been able to do that
have become exhausted by the setbacks involved
when the DWP come after you like a witch hunt
because you have done a bit of voluntary work
making the tea at a nursery !
 
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Yeah thats the trouble when you try to make positive changes in your life the DWP can act like parasites.

I had a different experience when I had mental health workers, they put pressure on me to take medication which I refused to multiple times, after which point voluntary work was suggested, but again I declined.

There was no consideration given for my physical ailments and the impact they have, only was told to change my diet and then when I didnt it basically got put on my discharge letter that I was uncooperative.

Pretty much why I didnt show that letter at the face to face assessment, I did tell them I wasnt taking medication though, which hasnt changed since my last assessment 2 years ago.

Just cant deal with the side effects of medication really.
 
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no need to be sorry losing me !

we really are still in the dark ages with all this
their understanding of mental illness
is pretty primitive at best

I know that I would have stood a chance of working
in my younger years
if there was more awareness
 
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Okay thank you Zoe, I agree that understanding of mental (and physical) illness is still fairly limited.

Have had many different experiences with different medications in the past and im not sure I can say that they helped that much, when I got aggressive in hospital they did but apart from that not really.
 
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I think part of the issue with lack of understanding is the thinking that mental health problems are primarily in the brain too which doesnt appear to be necessarily true, and could also be too simplistic a model.

There are physiological, social and environmental factors to consider also, they can all have a devastating impact on mental health, my current situation is evidence of such factors having said impact.
 
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Its as if certain people want easy answers for complex problems, life doesnt work like that unfortunately
 
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Also my last post was just speculation im well aware of my capacity to be wrong, which I am on many things :rofl2::redface::doh:
 
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yes a simplistic model
that sums it up perfectly ! :)
 
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