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I’ve suffered anxiety for the past 4 years, I dropped out of college when I was 17 due to physically being unable to take care of myself as I was throwing up every single day, having panic attacks, I also learned I might have Crohn’s disease which hopefully isn’t the case and I’m being investigated but this has affected my life for the past 4 years I haven’t been able to stick to education, or work as I get so physically incapable, I’ve stopped my medication for anxiety last year and it has gotten better although it does still affect me a lot. I was wondering if I’m eligible for the disability fees as I’m moving out for university this year and I’m not sure how hard it’s going to be. It says on the gov website I’m eligible however I’m unsure if I should take it as there might be someone who needs it more than I will, I don’t want to take soemthing someone else might need more than I do as it will make me feel guilty. what do you think? Honest answers only.
Reply 1
You should be eligible yes. As long as you can get a doctor or other health professional to confirm an established or working diagnosis and that it could have an impact on your day to day function and ability to learn.

In regards to feeling like you might not be as deserving as others I can relate but please don’t feel that way. I have applied for DSA mainly to get extra support from the mental health team at my uni but also to find out what other things may be available to help when my condition affects my ability to concentrate, leave my home, process information etc.
You won’t be taking anything away from anyone and you won’t be getting anything you don’t need or deserve. DSA doesn’t give you an extra chunk of money to do with as you please. You meet with an assessor who talks to you about things you might struggle with and THEY then suggest hardware, software, extra support etc that you could find helpful. Everything is tailored to you by people who know what could help.

Poor mental health is just as debilitating as poor physical health and you deserve to have the same opportunity to learn as any other student.

My university encouraged me to apply and made me feel a lot more comfortable with the idea. I hope you can feel that way too.
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Reply 2
Original post by WaveyC
You should be eligible yes. As long as you can get a doctor or other health professional to confirm an established or working diagnosis and that it could have an impact on your day to day function and ability to learn.
In regards to feeling like you might not be as deserving as others I can relate but please don’t feel that way. I have applied for DSA mainly to get extra support from the mental health team at my uni but also to find out what other things may be available to help when my condition affects my ability to concentrate, leave my home, process information etc.
You won’t be taking anything away from anyone and you won’t be getting anything you don’t need or deserve. DSA doesn’t give you an extra chunk of money to do with as you please. You meet with an assessor who talks to you about things you might struggle with and THEY then suggest hardware, software, extra support etc that you could find helpful. Everything is tailored to you by people who know what could help.
Poor mental health is just as debilitating as poor physical health and you deserve to have the same opportunity to learn as any other student.
My university encouraged me to apply and made me feel a lot more comfortable with the idea. I hope you can feel that way too.


Thank you so much for explaining this to me it’s really helpful, I struggled a lot with education due to my poor mental health which started to affect me physically and this honestly made my reasons feel more validated than ever. I struggle a lot with travelling and attending etc, I requested a form from the doctor and hopefully I’m able to receive the kind of support you received :smile:
Reply 3
Original post by Anonymous
Thank you so much for explaining this to me it’s really helpful, I struggled a lot with education due to my poor mental health which started to affect me physically and this honestly made my reasons feel more validated than ever. I struggle a lot with travelling and attending etc, I requested a form from the doctor and hopefully I’m able to receive the kind of support you received :smile:

I’m glad.

Just a quick tip, if you are under the care of any secondary care teams e.g. a community mental health team, or have a CPN or psychiatrist etc they might be more helpful with your evidence form than a GP as they can probably sign it quicker and usually don’t charge. My GP said getting the evidence form signed from them would cost £25 and could take up to 6 weeks.

Just worth keeping in mind so you can get everything submitted by the deadline. Good luck ☺️

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