Date: 2010-01-20 02:15 am (UTC)
ARRRGHHHHH I am so, so sorry this had to happen to you. *squeeezes tight*

I've been wondering if I should apply for benefits once I'm finally legal (hopefully soon, please god let the paperwork be accepted - they took my money, but I know that doesn't guarantee approval, and since the government pulls shit like this it makes me very worried indeed), but I don't know if I should, because if I'm not approved I'll feel just like you, a failure even at being a failure :(

I definitely feel like I shouldn't apply, because I'm not 'properly' disabled, and would be rude or even lying to claim that my mental health affects me enough to be a disability. It does affect me very much - I haven't had a panic attack in a while thank god, but I still have a crippling anxiety disorder that infects every aspect of my life. I was really hoping that the UK benefits system might be more understanding and helpful, since one at least exists here - there's no such assistance in the US, none at all, except if you're very lucky (and rich) you can have therapy included in your health insurance, but that rarely happens. (Also, in the states the DWP is the Department of Water and Power, which still throws me off when I see it written here. *small smile*)

I can't believe they didn't even consider your patient history, and especially the fact you were in an institution - surely that's unequivocal evidence that you need and deserve help? Surely it's illegal not to notice something so blindingly obvious? WTF D:

This SUCKS. I'm so sorry :(
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