I’m fed up. The system is just really getting on my nerves.

I still have a migraine. Then I get emails that don’t make that any better. I’m now stressed out because I don’t like threatening letters via post from the DWP. I have luckily got into my student finance portal. I have a tiny envelope to put a load of statements of course loans in. They are never going to fit. I will have to ring the woman dealing with it again because if I don’t get things to them in two weeks then they are going to suspend my benefits. I know these letters are standardised and are designed to make people listen, but I don’t like being threatened when I was fully honest about what they wanted to know when I was actually informed. I made a point of mentioning what I was studying when I was at university. I have letters behind my name because of my law certificate. I would be less upset about it if I hadn’t dropped out because I found it too hard. I got something out of it at the very least in regard to the certificate.

Then I had a response from my complaint about the 117-section aftercare clause. They have agreed to a meeting to discuss whether I still have the unmet needs that was apparent when I got sectioned in 2006 (as an 18-year-old). I will be invited to that meeting. I wouldn’t have even got this part if I hadn’t put the complaint in because they were keeping me waiting for weeks / months already. I don’t want to be left on it. I have been stuck on it for 15 years. I am eligible for services, but I don’t get any. I will always have my autism. That isn’t ‘unmet needs’ it’s a disability.

Author: Diary of a Painfully Shy Introvert

A blog written by a female diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome but suspected PDA in more recent years. Musings of a Trainee Battleaxe was created to not only create awareness of the PDA part of the spectrum; but also to educate the public hopefully creating understanding in order to stop future generations being let down and labelled negatively. Disclaimer: There may be parts of this blog which viewers may find upsetting as it contains accounts of real life events which have been quite traumatic. However, it is all to help create a sense of understanding and combat the fear surrounding all aspects of mental illness and Pathological Avoidance Syndrome (a very little understood part of the autistic spectrum).

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