I am in a quandary at the moment because I have just found out that my GP does not regard having absence seizures and all the related problems such as time lapses and memory problems as a severe mental impairment.
Is there an actual definition?
I saw on a television program (Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert) that a council tax reduction had been given to a man who had MS and epilepsy just as I have. His condition was deemed a severe mental impairment and allowed him to receive a council tax reduction.
I therefore applied for a reduction. Hubby and I can’t work - I can’t so hubby can’t, it makes finances very tight and a reduction in the biggest bill of the year would be very helpful.
My GP has told the council that I am NOT severely mentally impaired which doesn’t follow what I saw on the TV program. The man interviewed seemed in perfect mental health in his interview. I am exactly the same and seem perfectly OK much of the time but with regular mental absences.
Does the GP simply not understand absence seizures or might it be that her GP speaks to me when I’m not having them.
I don’t think any doctor has ever witnessed me have a seizure except one who is one of the GP’s at my clinic. He only witnessed it because hubby took me in quickly once when I had a very strange episode when we were out shopping.
We are going to appeal the decision as a matter of principle and need to ask if or what we missing.
Are absence seizures and time lapses a severe mental impairment or not!
Can you help please or offer an opinion?