Originally Posted by ghostgirl
Has anyone had any luck in claiming incapacity benefit for depression and mental health issues? What do you need to make a claim? Is it easy to get the support of a doctor?
I'm convinced my doctor is going to tell me to go **** myself and it's putting me off making a claim
Well my uncle has type 2 schizophrenia meaning that despite being a qualified doctor he cannot really leave the house and interact properly with people, and is basically very very withdrawn. He was diagnosed when he was young, I think in his early/mid 20s. That was about 20 years ago and he didn't claim benefits for a while, basically because he hoped he would get better and one day be able to work again. He didn't and hasn't been able to work at all in basically all that time (he is really badly effected, he can't cook or clean or anything properly).
It turns out that under the new regulations because he didn't claim benefits in the first two years after diagnosis all that time ago he might not be allowed to claim benefits any more, despite the fact that in psychologist/doctor/human being in the world could tell he is completely unable to work despite his best efforts.
So basically if you think you have a problem that will mean you are unable to work in the long term/will get worse (I don't mean to depress you, but could
rather than will) then I suggest you look into claiming benefits and making your situation clear as soon as possible.
The thing with depression is it is periodic and often treatable (I'm not making light of it, just by nature someone who suffers from bouts of depression can be well a large proportion of the time) and I think they should be aware of that and realise that you will try to work as you can and hope to return to work eventually.