Hello people, I was finally diagnosed with aspergers in July as a base condition of other mental health/psychiatric conditions, My report said said I suffer from it along with clinical depression present since childhood, with a personality disorder to cope.... Just received my PIP Award rejection letter with only 2 points but clearly states no evidence of low mood, How can a senior consultant diagnosis on a report of clinically depression not be classified as evidence.....
Any way I guess their thinking is as I have gained good qualifications and maintained good jobs until December 2015 that I do not qualify for help. But when I had a full mental breakdown ended up being sectioned from it and now unlikely that I will ever be able to lead a "normal "life My psychiatric conditions are to severe to be dealt with by NHS funding which is also in writing for my mandatory reconsideration but more clearly specified along with the specialist treatment needed with estimates on cost.
So my question is how many Aspies get PIP, the Autism concern team seem fairly sure i will get it after appeal or maybe even tribunal but now I am not so sure. I know everyone is different and all require different help and support, but this whole diagnosis, pip/ESA application process has caused severe anxiety and deteriorated mental health. I do give credit to ESA as at my assessment they stopped it and clearly said i was not fit to be there and sorted out my ESA payments promptly. But they also told us to put not fit for assessment on my PIP application which they honored with no face2face but now I feel that has gone against me.
I have Asperger's/Higher Functioning Autism and I don't receive PIP, I've never applied for it, I wouldn't meet the criteria and I don't think that I I should get it. You're right that it's different for different people and I'm aware that some people, especially with the less functional end of Autism rather than Asperger's end certainly would meet the criteria for PIP so I think each case does need to be taken on it's merits (rather than as some on here have previously called for, which is for everyone with a diagnosis to get PIP).
Also remember that currently 67% of PIP assessments are overturned on appeal, so there's a reasonable chance that your appeal will succeed.
The scoring criteria are quite interesting, if you have an idea you could score yourself (be realistic and objective) and see where you think you should be.