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I'm currentely on incapacity benefit and have been for some time, the main reason is depression and anxiety but i they also know about my Eating disorder and self harm, i recieved a letter on Friday to say i have to go for a Medical Examination, i am seriously shitting myself, i don't know what to expect, what they'll ask etc etc, has anyone here had to have one for depression? i could really do with some advice (comfort) :(

Thanks

Rachel

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From:darkkat
Date:June 19th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
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I had a medical exam for my depression and CFS back in December of last year (here if you want to read about it). Basically they just ask you the questions from the Work test, and then tally up the points to see if you reach the required number. It's all rather impersonal but hey, that's the way they work. Since you mentioned an eating disorder and self harm they might do a slight physical examination (in my case I just had to show my forearms but there wasn't much to see at that time), but since it's also for depression they might well decide to skip that.

If you're worried about it, you can take a friend or relative with you for support, and they can be with you for the whole exam. If they know you well, they can also answer questions about your condition and day-to-day activities for the doctor, which can be a great help if you're nervous about saying the wrong thing.

I hope your exam goes well. I know I was terrified about mine, but it wasn't as bed as I had expected.
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From:_pink_glitter_
Date:June 19th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Thank you *so* much, this has helped me so much, i'll be bringing my mum (or more like she'll be bringing me!) because i can't go out on my own, thanks for the list of questions aswell, at least now i'll be somewhat prepared for what they're gonna ask.
Thanks again.
xxx
From:ex_miss_male144
Date:June 19th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Couldn't a med4 from your doctor exempt you from a medical examination?
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From:_pink_glitter_
Date:June 19th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
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I don't even know what one is?
From:ex_miss_male144
Date:June 19th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
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It's like a sick note, only your GP has to explain what's wrong with you in more detail.
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From:darkkat
Date:June 19th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
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This might also be helpful - it's a full list of all the questions on the All-Work Test that they use (or should use) for the examination.
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From:kitty_kate
Date:June 19th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
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I had one for chronic pain disorder and anxiety disorder. Granted I probably do well cause the whole thing of being in an office gives me an anxiety attack ;)

Generally it's fairly painless. They just asked me a load of questions. They didn't ask for any kind of proof or anything. But they do ask lovely questions like "Well what do you do all day then?"

Just remember in this case being anxious probably isn't going to bad thing ;) And definetly take someone with you.

Have you ever counted up how many points you have? That can help reassure you. I think you need 7 (At most 14) for incapacity benifit. When I counted up I got 49 based on bad-ish days.
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