Was just wondering if anyone has successfully claimed and been granted a disability pension for their child over 16 for depression and anxiety. The depression part is manageable, but the anxiety, he's still not coping at all,with interaction with people, can't make eye contact, pretty much selective mutism, he only talks to some people and not others.
hes been in and out of CAMHS since he was 9, but the anxiety and depression was not fully diagnosed to roughly two yrs ago.
ive asked his dr ccould it be aspergers/autism, he basically laughed at me and said no.
anyway, as he's now out of school and need some form of income, he's not ready for paid work, as he's likely to walk off,a cut ally, he wouldn't not get past interview stage, and the pressure of looking for work I feel will make him go backwards even more.
a little more info, copied an pasted from another post elsewhere to a friend
He has always been a fussy eater, foods aren't allowed to touch, and won't eat a variety of stuff, he just doesn't like the way they feel, look, or smell. The simpler foods the better, but refuses meat.
He doesn't like hugs, but will let his little sister hug him, cause it makes her happy.
Doesn't like people, hates shops, unless he's kept moving. Can't go in a quiet deli and buy himself a drink.
When out, feels the need to wear long sleeve clothing, doesn't like the feeling of being bare skin showing, even in summer. At home he's ok.
School got to hard in highschool, got to the point he couldn't go in a class, when he did it was just lay on desk.
Primary school, he had maybe two friends, but he never approaches ppl first.
He scored high and in primary school got into the talented and gifted kids program, PEAC. In the top ten of 450 kids. But yet, school work wasn't well.
One of his teachers showed me his class work for spelling and, you know when teachers read out a sentence and kids write it down, my boy yr4 at the time, would write down same meaning different words, he hates being told he has to do xxxx, so he used to do it, but in his own words. As he got older, he began refusing more to even do that.
Been in and out if counseling over about 9 yrs, seeing school psychs, the questions he would ask one lady, she couldn't answer him. Lots have given up.
Twoish yrs ago was diagnosed with depression and anxiety been on different meds. Finally think we've found one that helps for the last six months. But anxiety part is still very largely there.
When we talk about him to a few others, they say oh, autism, but the doc we saw last says no, it's just depression.
I don't know if it is just that and I'm just worried we will be laughed at.
I'm not sure where to start. I don't know how he's supposed to get work. When he doesn't talk easily to people, and doesn't like being told what to do, who does, but most still do it.
... He talks quite good with people he respects, and is ok one on one, but get two people and he sits and stares at the floor. And may mumble a word or two. He would laugh and joke and make pretty good eye contact with the psychiatrist he was seeing, who was happy with his progress but has since moved on as he was in training. Just waiting for a letter to be sent to the gp, so we can go back to go and get referral to psychologist now. Yet in the waiting room of psychiatrist office he would stare at floor, and he couldn't even tell the receptionist his name upon arrival, even tho he was quite familiar with her, and she him.
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19-02-2014 15:49 #1Peek-a-boo! ;P
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Claiming disability for a person over 16 with depression and anxiety.. Help plz.
19-02-2014 16:21 #2
I can't really give you any answers to your questions however, If I were you I would be seeking other opinions then that so the last doctor you saw. Sounds like he brushed it off and potentially over simplified your sons issues.
Bumping in hopes someone can be of more help?
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19-02-2014 18:14 #3Member
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Could your son find work in a factory where he doesn't have to interact with people?
19-02-2014 18:59 #4Peek-a-boo! ;P
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Currently waiting a letter from his psychiatrist to go back to gp, then Off to a psychologist. Getting someone to help and listen is the half the battle.
We have no factories that I know of that's close, and public transport and germs would freak him out. It's the main reason we are trying to get the pension for him, while he's getting help, not palming on it being a life long thing. The prospect for him "bludging" off the government isn't appealing because he also feels he doesn't derserve help, nor does he want "free" money.
I'm not making excuses just so he gets the pension, but he deffo needs help, and finding it isn't easy.
19-02-2014 19:16 #5
His psychiatrist would be the best person to fill out the DSP forms. They would have a better idea of how many "points" your sons conditions would add up to and if he has a chance of qualifying. After that it is really up to Centrelink. Sometimes there is an appointment with a centrelink social worker.
I know at that it is getting harder and harder to qualify for the DSP, especially with mental health conditions. As a rule they don't like putting younger people on the dsp.
Does your son have a private psychiatrist or is his one through the public system?
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