I suffer from Bipolar disorder, Severe anxiety, OCD and Agrophobia ( Don't I sound fun!) I was sent a big brown envelope which I wasn't expecting just before X-mas I filled it all in and sent it back with evidence of my conditions this being my care plan and my prescription forms and I also included all my physc dr's, physc nurses, GP's details.

When I phoned up in February as I had received an Atos letter saying that they was looking at my application and may need to see me but this could take up to 26 weeks.....They said not to worry and that they was able to do it via paper based evidence without meeting me...
this worries me as how could they really get enough idea of how much things effect me by paper? I was expecting another grilling from the ATOS accessors and for things to be twisted again in which a way I score way lower then I should of... I just feel in major limbo as I am still awaiting decision, and I'm worried they will stop my PIP all together!

My major issue however is that my statement from the case decider on my first descion where I received standard rate care basically dismissed a lot of the things I really suffer with this being:
I can mix with others, which I can not do. I am awaiting a support worker from my mental health teams which I did write into my pip claim forms this time to help me with this issue. They said because I could communicate and talk to my mental health nurse I therefore am able to mix with others which I think is really unfair as I can not leave my house alone and I certainly will not go out to socialise...

My next issue is they also said I could manage a budget, I can't my mum has control of my finances as I can not do this due to not being stable in mood ( I give money away/spend/donate it etc and leave myself short so my pdoc said my mum was better to take control of my finances from here on out) the case decider then said this was typical of my diagnosis and that I can manage a budget.....

They also said I can take a journey if I am prompted to do so. I can't I can not leave my house and haven't for a while.

We're wondering if this happens this time if we got a lot of evidence from my physc nurse as she felt me explaining it in my forms and the fact it's on my care plan we are currently awaiting a support worker etc it should support my statement about not being able to mix/go out & manage a budget, if it would be worth asking for a MR? I just don't want to loose the payment I may continue to get of standard but then I also don't want to miss out on the points that I deserve because I'm being unfairly judged via paper....