Hi Jaycie, the assessor is more concerned with how your disabilities affect your ability to carry out everyday living tasks, interaction with others, mobility issues etc. They will not ask such personal details as to the sensitive information about your PTSD. They will ask if you are/have received appropriate treatment for it, if you have put it in your form. They will want to know how it affects you, eg, can you interact with others confidently because of it. They will observe you, ask questions about any difficulties you have looking after yourself, cooking, bathing, walking, how far you can walk, pain issues with doing these tasks etc,in regard to all your illnesses. If you feel uncomfortable with anything they ask about it, tell them your not happy to answer in relation to this matter, do not feel you have to divulge anything in regard to the reasons for PTSD. A lot of the assessors are not medically trained, therefore they are in no position to request information about highly confidential & personal information.
I was asked if I was suicidal, my medical notes stated I had been admitted to A&E through taking an overdose of Methotrexate, it was accidental (thought they were folic acid, they all look the same), I answered no it was an accident & that was that, no more questions were asked on the matter. If they do touch on the subject, tell them you do not wish to speak about it, tell them the treatment you are having (if you are/have done) how it impacts on you, that’s it.
Remember, they want to know how your disability affects you, it’s not enough to be dx with an illness, it’s how much help you need, what you can & cannot do, repeatedly & safely & how long it would take to carry out the tasks. Remember to tell them if you experience pain, breathlessness, discomfort, how you may struggle & who will do it for you, how much support you need & have. I am hoping you have sent plenty of evidence to support your claim, I photocopied all info again & had it with me when the assessor came, just incase. I actually met her on my own, my husband had to go urgently to his mum who had fallen. I was awarded enhanced for both elements.
Hope all goes well & I have helped a little bit!! Good luck, please let me know how you get on Tracey x