When I can finally get into my old PC and get the new one running (next week finally with any luck) remind me to let anyone who wants it have this really brilliant 'underground' URL that give excellent guidance on how to ensure you get absolutely as much as you are entitled
to and deserve
for IB and DLA...
As Morty knows, the forms are a real bugger to understand even if English is your 1st language and some of the questions are phrased so you tend towards minimizing rather than stating your real symptoms and how they stop you performing those little daily domestic tasks that make life bearable - such as holding a full kettle of water in one hand without chucking half of it down the sink...
I used the form walk-throughs for both physical and mental components last July for getting my IB continued and not only was that done but I don't have to re-apply for it until 2012 (unless I make a miracle recovery or win the lottery)
I also gave them a piece of my mind about how the mental health assessment questions (only 2 of them on IB) probably contravene human rights.
Even with the good advice on this site, I could only just complete them, having been a professional form designer. Gods know just how someone medicated for severe schizophrenia/bi-polar disorder manages it I shudder to think! The official advice? Get someone to complete the reply boxes for you...
There are 2, half A4 page (if that) boxes in which you're supposed to write how your 'condition' affects your daily life.
And this for a potentially and literally fatal affliction (and not just for you either if you're deemed fit to live in the community and able to remember to take your pills properly
) - and they don't even give you the dignity of acknowledging you have a medically debilitating 'normal' life-limiting illness. Get every last penny you can out of the b*ggers, especially
if you've paid your full whack on national insurance all your working life.