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    • Daisy2017
    • By Daisy2017 19th Sep 17, 2:25 PM
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    Esa50 renewel ... worried and stressed
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    • 19th Sep 17, 2:25 PM
    Esa50 renewel ... worried and stressed 19th Sep 17 at 2:25 PM
    So 2 days ago the esa50 dropped through the door and I have been an utter mess even seeing it .

    I first applied for esa back in 2014/2015 (unsure) and after a f2f was placed in the wrag group and attended a few meetings . After receiving a pip award my esa went up . I haven't been called for meeting for well over a year so don't know if they have changed the group I'm in or just haven't contacted me .

    I suffer with extreme depression amongst other things and contemplate suicide on a daily basis ( so ashamed to admit this . ) in the first box it asks what is wrong with me and how that makes me feel etc . I have been as honest as I can be by using my worst days but haven't over exaggerated at all as I don't see how lying will help me when it comes to a f2f .

    My concern is that I have described my suicidal thoughts as a symptom on 5 of my illnesses , I have stated again in a few places on the form about it . I have mentioned suicide attempts and hospital admittances in the past and have also explained the only reason I haven't gone through with it is because of the effect it would have on my children .

    I have since seen a post saying don't over emphasise suicide as it will go against me as they will think I'm trying to get in the support group ( being incontinant which I have only just learnt means I should have been in that group from the start ) ..... this is not my aim , I was just doing as told and describing my daily life and how my disabilities effect me . Now I think maybe I should go back and cross some of them out as I don't want them to think I'm claiming I'm worse then I am ( which I'm not )

    Sorry for the long ranting post . Anxiety and panic have truly set in
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    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 21st Nov 17, 10:20 PM
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    Still not heard anything ....

    Panicking and stressing is making me so ill

    Do you think I should give them a call ? Or just try and wait it out ?
    Originally posted by Daisy2017
    Some people are waiting over 6 months for a re-assessment, the amount of time you've been waiting isn't long.

    There's nothing you can do about it. Why would you want to ring them? You're being paid your money and that's the main thing. If a decision doesn't go in your favour your money will stop. No one wants that to happen.

    There's backlogs in all areas and this adds to the waiting times for assessments and decisions. Try to relax.
    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 21st Nov 17, 11:26 PM
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    Some people are waiting over 6 months for a re-assessment, the amount of time you've been waiting isn't long.

    There's nothing you can do about it. Why would you want to ring them? You're being paid your money and that's the main thing. If a decision doesn't go in your favour your money will stop. No one wants that to happen.

    There's backlogs in all areas and this adds to the waiting times for assessments and decisions. Try to relax.
    Originally posted by poppy12345
    I couldn't agree more. I didn't expect my appointment until after christmas and was more than happy to wait as long as possible. Now it's in a couple of weeks so I could receive bad news just before christmas.
    • easy
    • By easy 22nd Nov 17, 4:17 PM
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    I couldn't agree more. I didn't expect my appointment until after christmas and was more than happy to wait as long as possible. Now it's in a couple of weeks so I could receive bad news just before christmas.
    Originally posted by minimad1970
    But equally you could get a positive result, and have everything settled and be able to relax before Christmas.

    I am concerned that everyone assumes that these assessments are all "out to get" the claimants. Please try to remember that the horror stories people post on here are not necessarily typical. Most people who get satisfactory awards don't report on here.
    That means we can get things badly out of perspective unless we are careful.
    I try not to get too stressed out on the forum. I won't argue, i'll just leave a thread if you don't like what I say.
    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 22nd Nov 17, 5:25 PM
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    I couldn't agree more. I didn't expect my appointment until after christmas and was more than happy to wait as long as possible. Now it's in a couple of weeks so I could receive bad news just before christmas.
    Originally posted by minimad1970
    But equally you could get a positive result, and have everything settled and be able to relax before Christmas.

    I am concerned that everyone assumes that these assessments are all "out to get" the claimants. Please try to remember that the horror stories people post on here are not necessarily typical. Most people who get satisfactory awards don't report on here.
    That means we can get things badly out of perspective unless we are careful.
    Originally posted by easy
    I try to think positively about the outcome and I was really surprised by the result last time, but my brain just won't have it. The assessor I saw last time was really nice and asked just the right questions, things that I never would've thought to say. But I'm better prepared to deal with it if I tell myself to expect bad news. The brain is a weird and wonderful thing
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 22nd Nov 17, 11:16 PM
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    But equally you could get a positive result, and have everything settled and be able to relax before Christmas.

    I am concerned that everyone assumes that these assessments are all "out to get" the claimants. Please try to remember that the horror stories people post on here are not necessarily typical. Most people who get satisfactory awards don't report on here.
    That means we can get things badly out of perspective unless we are careful.
    Originally posted by easy
    The reason people assume that is because they do far too much internet searching. You're right we only ever hear the bad stories.

    I've never had a bad report for either of my assessments, PIP or ESA. The first ESA assessment i was placed straight into the Support Group. Last years review was paper based decision which kept me in there. Never had any lies or anything bad said throughout any assessment reports. The good stories are out there, you're right.
    • sandra1980123
    • By sandra1980123 26th Nov 17, 12:16 AM
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    First time I applied for esa I got support group with no f2f I didn't even send any evidence with my ESA50 as I didn't know that I had to,

    On reassessment I didn't put as much detail in my ESA50 got forced to go for a f2f(even though I provided evidence that I couldn't cope with it)ended up on diazepam to get me there,the person doing the assessment lied and ignored evidence that I sent this time because of reading all the horror stories she pretended to be sympathetic but then kicked me out of support group with 0 points.Luckily the DM called me to tell my claim was closed and I had a chance to set him straight he overturned the decision and put me straight back into the support group.

    So I have had good and bad assessments and I definitely won't be leaving any details out of my ESA50 on my next reassessment.

    Hopefully you don't wait to much longer Daisy.
    Last edited by sandra1980123; 26-11-2017 at 1:17 AM.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 26th Nov 17, 7:27 PM
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    First time I applied for esa I got support group with no f2f I didn't even send any evidence with my ESA50 as I didn't know that I had to,

    On reassessment I didn't put as much detail in my ESA50 got forced to go for a f2f(even though I provided evidence that I couldn't cope with it)ended up on diazepam to get me there,the person doing the assessment lied and ignored evidence that I sent this time because of reading all the horror stories she pretended to be sympathetic but then kicked me out of support group with 0 points.Luckily the DM called me to tell my claim was closed and I had a chance to set him straight he overturned the decision and put me straight back into the support group.

    So I have had good and bad assessments and I definitely won't be leaving any details out of my ESA50 on my next reassessment.

    Hopefully you don't wait to much longer Daisy.
    Originally posted by sandra1980123
    It's worth remembering that being placed in the Support Group isn't about scoring points. It's about satisfying at least 1 of the Support Group descriptors, or reg 35.
    • sandra1980123
    • By sandra1980123 26th Nov 17, 10:38 PM
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    I know I met a support group descriptor on my first claim but on this claim I am under reg35 so I qualify for support group both ways but would rather be under the descriptor which I should get again at next reassessment unless they move the goalposts again.
    • Daisy2017
    • By Daisy2017 29th Nov 17, 10:45 AM
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    It’s more about living with the stress then the money coming in .... don’t get me wrong I understand I’m still being paid so should be happy but with my conditions change etc is very very hard to cope with and the fact things might change and I don’t know if they will or won’t is causing me extreme distress . The sooner I find out the sooner I can try and cope with it if you get what I mean ??

    I did call them and they said they had received it and it was with medical services . She said there were no notes on the computer about wanting extra evidence or arranging a f2f YET . She said there was no time scale either but did say my original claim was up the 12th September ( I think .. deffo September anyway ) ....

    Just keep waiting I suppose

    Good luck to all
    • sandra1980123
    • By sandra1980123 30th Nov 17, 8:06 AM
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    I know it's easier said than done but worrying won't change anything,you just need to try and accept there is nothing you can do you just need to wait.
    Last edited by sandra1980123; 30-11-2017 at 8:12 AM.
    • nannytone
    • By nannytone 30th Nov 17, 4:24 PM
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    as above really. i receive ESA and DLA. and am waiting the PIP invitation.
    it is what it is at the momet and no point worrying util the dreaded dy arrives
    • Daisy2017
    • By Daisy2017 1st Dec 17, 9:33 AM
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    Got the letter this morning to attend a face to face on Tuesday !! So guess itís onto the next stage and then more waiting ahead
    • sandra1980123
    • By sandra1980123 1st Dec 17, 3:04 PM
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    At least that's not long to wait,it will be over and done with in a few days,I only waited 2 weeks for my decision after my f2f.Good luck.
    • Daisy2017
    • By Daisy2017 2nd Dec 17, 8:16 AM
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    Thankyou ... yeah Iím glad it was only 4 days from receiving the letter .. if it had been a couple of weeks time Iíd be stressing for two weeks ....

    Seems like I stress over everything ... just part of the condition 😞
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