Is it normal to feel depressed after the ESA assesment

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Hello. I had my first was assesment on Friday there. The first one I had to be sent home as I was ill had to go to hospital. But still turned up. They rearranged. I had it on Friday. And yet again I was ill. But was determined to do it. I felt totally interogated. I have been depressed from it. It opened up all my fears. I have a prolapses spine and I am having toilet issues. I have a disc protusion. My nerve is abutted by my s1 l5. I suffer with anxiety and suicidal tendenses. But that interview has opened up my dark thoughts. I was totally interrogated. Even tho I had a letter from doctor to say I'm not fit for work.she made it sound as if it was a bad thing. She didn't like me from the start. I can't walk or sit without being in major pain. I have been referred to the pain clinic and I have to go for pain councelling. See because she was so hard on me does that mean I have failed. I never want to go through that again . I am on so much medication it's making me drowsy and dizzy

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    Hi Nicola.

    I'm sorry the assessor made you feel this way. And it doesn't mean you've failed your assessment. Did you have all your medical evidence with you + did you make sure she had copies of them. When you get your letter or call to say what the outcome is. If it's not what you expected. Ring DWP and ask for a copy of the assessment which show the descriptures and points for each awarded.

    If you haven't scored the points you need. Eithet ring asking for a Mandatory Reconsideration. Ir you can download the form. Remember to ask for the MR in writing when you send the form off. Stating the reason you not happy with the original outcome.

    Good luck.

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      I had all my evidence and letter from doctor. She took a copy of it all. But made feel awful. Took panic attacks in the room. But feeling depressed since
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    Hi Nicola,

    yes it's perfectly normal to feel this way after any assessment. This is because you're telling them about your life and how it is daily, most people find this extremely difficult.

    Unfortunately even though your GP says you're unfit for work, if the DWP say you're fit for work then what your GP thinks doesn't matter. Hopefully for you the DWP will think the same and a decision will go in your favour.

    The assesser being hard on you doesn't really mean anything. With ESA you're assessed on the ability to do any type of work and it's about what you can do not what you can't do. As Bobby adviced do ring the DWP and ask for a copy of the report. This will give you some idea what the decision will be as mostly they go with that report. Having a copy of this will also be handy if they find you fit for work and you have to go down the MR route.

    Hopefully a decision won't be too long. Good luck.

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