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      09-11-2008, 06:40 PM
I've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I am currently on Lower Rate DLA
(Both parts) and I was wondering if I would be entitled to more money?

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      09-11-2008, 06:58 PM
Section <31T> wrote:
> I've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I am currently on Lower Rate DLA
> (Both parts) and I was wondering if I would be entitled to more money?

A diagnosis in itself doesn't dictate what (if any) level of DLA you
could receive. Rather it is how your condition affects you that is the

If you feel you need more help because of your condition the read this:

and read through the various pages that explain the various rates and
what help you would normally expect to have to get to receive that rate.

I doubt you'd get a higher rate for mobility needs, the higher rate is
normally for people who can barely walk or for someone who is so
severally mentally disabled due to conditions far worse than bipolar.

For care rates, the rates are paid for more or less the following reasons:

Lower: needs some care and supervision during the day OR need
substantial help preparing and cooking a main meal

Middle: need (almost) constant care and supervision during either the
day OR night

Higher: as middle but for both day AND night

There are other rules but that is the main rules for people who have
mental health problems that require additional care.

If you think you may qualify I would then suggest you do so after
discussing your claim with someone like the Citizens Advice Bureau or an
organisation listed with DIAL

A request for a review for a higher rate is a request against the whole
of your DLA claim and can lead to awards going down / being stopped as
well as increased (or just kept the same of course). The request for a
review needs to be applied for properly, hence why you need advice. You
can just ask for a review yourself, fill in the DLA form etc but I
wouldn't advise you do this without speaking to CAB etc first.

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      08-14-2009, 06:57 AM
People suffering from anxiety, panic, stress and depression should consult a specialist and only then should use the medicine, as there can be various reasons behind the disorder. Medicines used to cure such disorders are habit forming and should be used for small duration. As per my personal experience, I have used Xanax and it helped me in getting over my panic and anxiety disorder. Along with medicine, the concerned person should take a break from his/her regular schedule, go out and take good sleep.
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