'A young woman who can suffer up to 18 mental breakdowns a week says she was denied benefits for 'not looking ill enough'.
In one week Camilla Robinson can suffer multiple anxiety attacks and mental breakdowns.
The 24-year-old from Sunderland has to be supervised and prompted to do simple tasks because she can space out, dissociate and self-harm.
Three years ago she was diagnosed with generalised anxiety, severe depression, vitamin D deficiency and Lipedema - a chronic condition that causes the legs and thighs to become enlarged due to a build up of abnormal fat cells.
Ms Robinson applied to the Department for Work and Pensions for support through the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) after being advised by the Job Centre to apply.
But assessors scored her 0 - despite her presenting medical evidence - and a mandatory reconsideration was rejected and so was an appeal.
She said: 'When the results came back I was heartbroken.
'The DWP scored me 0 on everything despite all of my medical evidence.
'They claimed I do not look ill enough to claim benefits.
'They have no right to tell me that I don't look ill, or that my illness does not affect me at all.'
At the tribunal, Ms Robinson says she was faced with tough questions in a difficult environment.
She said: 'I was thrown into a hostile environment and asked the same question over and over again.
'It was tough and my partner had sent them my medical background.
'When I went for my tribunal the DWP said I had one mental breakdown a week - that is not true. The most I have had is 18 and it is a lot higher than one.
'It felt invasive and uncomfortable and I kept forgetting things.
'All the tribunal did was change my daily living score from 0 to 4, they kept my mobility score at 0 despite me having to use a cane and potentially needing surgery on my legs to treat the constant pain and swelling caused by my Lipedema.''
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