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KT67
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22 Dec 2020, 7:48 am

If I live in the UK & am on ESA/can't work but am unlikely to be sectioned, do I count as severely mentally ill?

Severely mentally ill people can have the vaccine earlier.



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25 Dec 2020, 7:07 pm

You'll no doubt be up the list in terms of the categories of who gets the vaccine, in what order. There are 10 categories.

Google is your friend..



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28 Dec 2020, 8:23 am

Google is my friend but vague language isn't.

The calculator said 'severe mental illness'.

That's vague language.



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30 Dec 2020, 6:49 am

I think "severe mental illness" would be more likely to describe those who are likely to be sectioned, or have been sectioned in the past.

Just being on ESA alone wouldn't count, as plenty of people with non-severe illness claim that. Without knowing your medical history I can't really say whether you'd be considered severely ill or not.



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30 Dec 2020, 7:45 am

Ah ok thanks for the advice.



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04 Jan 2021, 12:21 pm

but are u actually sure you want the vaccine first? it can have many long-term effects no one is aware of yet



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09 Jan 2021, 4:43 am

Why the rush to be a guinea pig my freind, I mean what have you really got to lose anyway.


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10 Jan 2021, 11:13 pm

It depends how your mental illness affects you KT.

Anxiety, depression,ptsd, ocd etc are considered common mental health issues

Whereas, psychosis, borderline, chronic bi-polar etc are considered more serious.

A common issue can be considered severe if it is constant or very often and affects you in all or most areas of life i.e. work, relationships, health, and limits you severely.

Your doctor should be able to help you and put a note on your records if you fit with their idea of severe enough. They will let you know.

If you are not satisfied you can try another doc.



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12 Jan 2021, 6:34 am

theprisoner wrote:
Why the rush to be a guinea pig my freind, I mean what have you really got to lose anyway.


1 I'm in my 30s so at earliest it would be June
2 My parents are high risk and I was living with them most of pandemic so I haven't been able to leave the house.
3 I trust the NHS not to f**k up.