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?I'm looking for some advice/opinions really as I'm not sure what to do. Currently, I am self-employed but have been unable to work for more than one hour each day for the past six weeks. I work in digital marketing, which is solely done on my computer, and I have developed an ongoing problem with my eyes which prevents me from being able to use computers and/or focus for extended periods of time. I also have anxiety, which has worsened considerably due to the eye problems.
?Given that the eye problem is ongoing, I do not know how this will affect me in the long term. I have been hoping that things would improve, which is why I have been just sort of waiting it out. However, my problems persist and I have reached a point now where I can't afford to continue earning such little money.
?I do not consider myself to be 'unfit for work', in general, but I am definately unfit for my work at the moment (and any other work that would require me to focus on a screen all day). My anxiety has been a massive hinderance to me recently, but I am having therapy for this now and hoping to get it under control.
?Ideally, I would like to get back in to work but it looks as though I may have to find a new job at least temporaily and perhaps permanently. In the meantime, I need to clain some sort of benefit to get by. This is where I am confused and in need of help as I'm not sure how all this works. Should I be claiming ESA or JSA? My ability to work is obviously limited and I have been signed off by the doctor. However, as I said, I am not completely incapable of any work. Also, I am assuming that if I was to claim for JSA, I would be penalised for having left my job in a manner that they may interpret as 'voluntarily', even though, as I see it, I have no other choice since I'm unable to carry on working on the computer.
?Any thoughts/suggestions would be very greatfully receieved. Thanks in advance.
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