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    Hi guys, need some advice to see if I have a chance of getting a year reinstated on my student finance application.

    Have recently (September) been diagnosed with depression, but it was something I have been struggling for 4 years but didn't seek help nor talk to anyone about it. I started in Portsmouth for the 2014/15 year but dropped out by November and then started at Nottingham Trent in 2015/16 but was depressed as anything and went to about 2 lectures all year and didn't turn up to the exams. Fortunately I have been accepted onto a Journalism course at Trent as this is something I have a real passion for.

    I was wondering if a letter from my doctor who diagnosed me would suffice in terms of being backdated to 2014-16 Uni years, as I was definitely depressed as I had ever been, but lacked the courage to really speak to anyone about it because I felt ashamed.

    What would the letter have to contain, and what would the Doctor have to say to count as sufficient evidence?

    I am now getting counselling at Trent as well, could the counsellor do anything to help with my case?

    Thanks a lot!!
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    The letters have to show how your depression affected your ability to study. The letter has to back up the dates you're claiming CPR for.
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    Thanks for quick response! The problem is, because it covers a two year span in terms of my studies and the fact I only got diagnosed this year, I wasn't actually diagnosed whilst in the period I will claim the compensation for, but I was most definitely experiencing the same symptoms.
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    Thanks for quick response! The problem is, because it covers a two year span in terms of my studies and the fact I only got diagnosed this year, I wasn't actually diagnosed whilst in the period I will claim the compensation for, but I was most definitely experiencing the same symptoms.
    Retrospective evidence is much weaker as it cant be verified. They can only attest to how they find you now and what they are treating you for. They cant confirm you were depressed during the other period. This is downside of keeping it to yourself.

    What you might be able to do is provide evidence i.e by your tutors statement or from your records about your attendance/ performance and why you left the course. It would still be weak though without independent medical verification. You would be seeking to show why you left the course and eliminating the fact it was something frivolous or laziness. That would fall far short of providing the evidence needed for CPR so it would then depend on what your current medical evidence said and even then they cant verify for the dates you are claimng.

    You didnt see any independent person i.e counselor or Dr for anything stress related during the time? If not then it depends on whether they believe the claim in your statement or they are sceptical and think it is unreliable. i.e during 2014-2016 I was ill, but you have to take my word for it.

    In contrast your GP might say I am currently seeing X as a patient for depression, but they cant verify the dates, just what you told them. They might not even be prepared to do that. You might as well try and assemble the best case you can, alhough I think it will be a tough task due to the reasons above.
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    (Original post by anon02023444)
    Thanks for quick response! The problem is, because it covers a two year span in terms of my studies and the fact I only got diagnosed this year, I wasn't actually diagnosed whilst in the period I will claim the compensation for, but I was most definitely experiencing the same symptoms.
    Did you speak to anyone in an official capacity (counselling etc) during the period you want to claim cpr for? If not, it will be close to impossible to claim. They're not going to accept a letter from a doctor that you didn't see.
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    Thanks for the responses guys, Yeah I didn't speak to anyone in an official capacity at all during the period, literally only went to the GP last month then got diagnosed a few weeks later. Sounds like I'm going to have a very tough ask to try and assemble enough to prove how much the illness affected me back then!

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    Like others have said you need to prove that your illness affected your ability to study. By that you saw your tutor and the university; you saw your doctor and health professionals at the time. Basically if your doctor doesn't have that on record he can only write about now. They will not take your word for it.
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    (Original post by anon02023444)
    Thanks for the responses guys, Yeah I didn't speak to anyone in an official capacity at all during the period, literally only went to the GP last month then got diagnosed a few weeks later. Sounds like I'm going to have a very tough ask to try and assemble enough to prove how much the illness affected me back then!

    Thanks
    Your lack of independent evidence undermines you, but you might as well send it as you have nothing to lose.
 
 
 
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