Lyndsey Turnbull considered suicide after she was left with barely anything to buy food and pay bills.
A benefits claimant was sanctioned after having a miscarriage because she felt too afraid to reveal personal details to Jobcentre staff.
Lyndsey Turnbull told of her ordeal as the Scottish Government formally launched their new welfare-to-work programmes yesterday.
Holyrood has no control over major benefits but the new programmes will be voluntary – with no financial penalties – in a bid to get better results.
Around 4800 people with disabilities and health conditions will get help into work.
Employment support is one of the first powers devolved through the Scotland Act 2016, made possible by the Vow of more powers before the independence vote.
Work First Scotland will help 3300 disabled people while Work Able Scotland will focus on 1500 people with long-term health conditions.
The Record revealed last year that the SNP would block any bid by Westminster to impose a sanctions system on the new programmes.