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I'm having a rough time, and seed some help.
I've been ill - suffering from chronic neuropathic pain - for the past 11 months or so. I wasn't able to work well, and kept on making mistakes. So, I took a break from work - and have not been in employment since September. I've earned nothing.
My condition is getting worse, and my GP has said he'll sigh me 'off' as sick. I'm entitled to Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit.
But I suffer from social anxiety disorder. I can't deal with authority figures. I can't handle anything formal. There's no way I can sit an interview.
I've had this condition for years, and I've managed to 'get by'. On occasion, it's overwhelmed me - and I've felt suicidal. My doctor knows this. But I've never been labelled as having the condition.
Right now, I'm suffering from severe depression. The meds I'm taking are helping me cope. But, as I have no money and I'm not claiming beneits, soon I won't be able to get my prescriptions!
How can I get the benefits I'm entitled to? I can't deal with meeting or discussing - face-to-face - my problems with the people who process the benefit claims. I can cope with 'distance' communication (like email) but that's it.
Any help would be appreciated.
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