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   Posted 3/17/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone, has anyone here ever had to go for a mental evaluation for Social Security Disibility?
I have an appointment this Sat. and I don't know what to expect. Along with the anxiety attacks I've been having, this is just about sending me over the edge. Any feed back would be appreciated. Thanks sad
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   Posted 3/17/2009 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kibbles...

Love the name, I've never heard of them doing it but then I'm not very well educated on the process. I have just begun to fill out the paperwork and it's daunting! My only suggestions is to relax. I know, easy for me to say but darn hard to do. The thing is...what's going to happen will happen whether you are worried or not. Go to the appointment, answer the questions and then go out and do something fun/special! Maybe out to lunch or dinner with your favorite 'someone'. It's all going to fall in place but worrying about it will only make you feel worse.

There is part of me that would love to give these folks goofy answers to they're convinced I'm a, but just honest answers and you'll be fine. Maybe think of a couple of good questions you can ask them! I often do that up front in a situation that might be stressful...that way I feel more in charge of the situation. The question doesn't have to be anything of importance, just something of interest. I often ask them something about themselves long have you been in this kind of work and/or do you enjoy it? Most everyone likes to talk about themselves and it puts them in a good mood when you are interested in THEM! I use it as an ice breaker.

Just a thought...and you'll do just fine!
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   Posted 3/18/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I have had an evaluation but it was 15 years ago. So I don't know if it is the same. They made me answer questions like "Don't throw rocks through glass houses mean to you?" All these sayings and what they meant to me. They also evaluated the way I dressed. They gave me a math test that I had to do in my head, and spell words backwards and the alphebet backwards. I like Chutz suggestion. Wish I would of thought of that.
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   Posted 3/18/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering as I too will be filing for ssd, I am waiting for my compensation to hopefully go through first... Has anyone been able to get ssd for fibromyalgia or do you have a hard time... well I know it isn't easy, but in general?
I have back injuries since 1999. now the past 2 yrs i have had so much pain, thyroid was taken out. I feel my body is about to give up.. I recently was dx with fibro. (my mom has it too)she is the one who told me to see her rhuemotologist. I know i can't work.. this is the reason I lost my job.. though you can't prove that. I had so much trouble with concentration. and my boss was extremely rude, constantly cutting you down. my head would spin!!!! I was dizzy all the pain. hard to walk up stairs you all know the stuff. NOw on unemployment, I pray i get enough money from compensation to survive (hope to get comp) and then i will apply for ssd. How can someone work with this... I was so exhausted at work.. I had nothing left after about 1 or 2 pm. my job sucked. I was a medical biller and collector. with this fibro it made it so hard to deal with. I liked the job until the fatigue and fibro fog set in. Now I ain't worth a darn. Just to do housework is so hard!!!

shocked I really hope for a response to the ssd. Can someone just give me a glimmer of hope so I can stop worrying!!!! cry

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   Posted 3/18/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to get the paper work and start filling it out too and I'm not looking forward to it. Doing a mental evaluation on me should be easy, I'm nuts. I talked to my GP about SSD the last visit and he said I shouldn't have any problems getting it after I have been turned down the first time.
What is the mental evaluation for???
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   Posted 3/18/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I do have social security disability but I'm also a widow and have other health issues along with fibro.  One of the major problems I have is a severe hearing problem.  I was a teacher and can't understand children's voices anymore.  But, I handled the paperwork, went to their doctors, made sure all of my doctors sent SS whatever they requested and I was accepted all in a matter of around six months.
Be sure to be totally honest when filling out the forms.  These people have seen everything and can tell if you are "fudging" on your answers.  I never made a pest of myself, either, like calling them to see what is happening.  I just did as they asked and waited to hear from them.  Also, don't hold back on how you truly feel doing daily chores, either.  Just tell it like it is. 
Let us know what happens.  Hopefully you won't have any problems.
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   Posted 3/18/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Kibbles & all of my Fibro Fam,

I'm in the same boat as Gonuts, I'm on unemployment at the moment and so thankful that there's an extension of benefits right now.  But deep in my heart I don't think going back to work is going to be a realistic expectation.  So I will probably apply if I can't find a "good paying" (yah riiight) part time job.  But either way SSDI is most likely my direction. 

One thing that's good about SSDI is that you can still work but you can only earn a limited amount .. I think its like $900 a month.  I'd really like to find a little something to do and I don't want to be a 'burden' to society or my family.

Does anyone think it's best to start with an Attorney or not?? 

I applied 10 years ago, when I had Lyme, CFS, Carpal Tunnel & back problems.  They denied me and I gave up, but now, with Fibro I REALLY think I have no choice.


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   Posted 3/18/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everybody! I think the reason for the mental eval. is because I wrote that I'm very depressed. Now I am suffering anxity attacks on top of it. I have lost 18 pounds in the past 4 weeks. I do see my Rheumy tomorrow morning though. I am 54 years old and had to stop work too. I hurt so bad, and lost my concentration. And SSD is fighting me tooth and nail. It makes me angry that they think i'd rather have this pain and make 1,000 a month, than be without pain and make $23.65 per hour in my career. We are living on my husbands salary alone, and it's tough. I can barely wipe my own backside, but they feel i should be able to hold a job. Crazy! But I appreciate you all being here to vent and talk to. Thanks a bunch!
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   Posted 3/18/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I wrote this before but I've been on disability for 15 years. I was accepted after the first try. But thats because they put me under a mental condition intill they discovered that my problem is fibro. I haven't changed the diagnosis on disability because I don't want to go thru that. Even though it is degrating to me to have that on record as my disability, I just don't want to mess with it.
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   Posted 3/18/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
I'm a 54 year old male that worked and worked 33 years before i became ill in october of 2006 and quit working and went on medical leave. My employer paided me for an additional 6 monthes.
In may of 2007 i applied for SSD. I did the paperwork over the internet then went in the SS office.
In about 5 monthes i was denied benefits. I got a lawyer that had review it again. about 5 monthes later i was denied again. We then reqested the review before the judge. about a year later march of this year 2009 i finally got my day before the judge and about 1 1/2 weeks later (just last week) i was finally approved. Been about 2 years and 4 monthes since i applied. Now i'm waiting for them to get back to me with what i need to do next if anything. Lawyer said they would get in touch with me.

Fortunately my dear wife is in good health and still working full time and i had worked long enough to go ahead and start getting my full pension.

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   Posted 3/18/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I forgot (fibro fog you know) so say that i was sent for a mental evaluation also shortly after i first applied for SSD. Didn't take long. Bunch of what appeared to be dumb questions. But i just answers as honestly as i could. That was all there was to it.

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   Posted 3/19/2009 1:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to go for my psych eval at the end of the month. The paper work that they send you of this stuff is unreal. They want to know some of the stupidest stuff. Had they seen me yesterday they would have slam dunked my befenits. How can you work when you can't even answer questions. Thank goodness that my husband was with me because he had to do all of the talking. I had been up all night vomiting from a painful headache caused by driving too much the day before (about 45 miles.) I slept the 2 hrs. in the car going to and from the physicians office and when we got there the "fog " had realy set in. I could barely walk or talk. My mouth was so dry tha they had to get me a glass of water before I could even answer one question! I felt like a total watching someone else in a cheap movie. My husband wouldn't even let me talk to the kids on the phone because I wasn't making any sense at all. It's too bad my psych eval wasn't yesterday.....a padded room with a view would have been nice! I was so embarrassed! Today will be "hangover " day. I am so frustrated!
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   Posted 3/19/2009 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Boy am I getting frustrated with this computer. Another eloquent reply eaten by Vista. Here again: from Canada: SSDI is insurance not welfare. You pay in all your working life with the expectation it will be there for you when you need it, like now. The mental evaluation rules out fakers. Also screens for Mental Disability, which, at least here, is easiest to get. Mental illness still carries a stigma and doctors don't want to go there with you, it might be contagious. I rec'd benefits provincially b/c I can't hold down a job. I am labelled "BiPolar". Probably true as Ma, Gramma, Great Gramma, Brother, Sister, Son and aunts and uncles all are BiPolar. Not an easy thing for the beauracracy to argue with. We call it a silly pension. However, Fibro was a scorned disability, like Hypochondriasis. Like when Dr. Salk had to stick his wounded arm in body tissue contaminated with bacteria in order to prove it existed. Yup, we can't see it but it's there now, just look at that poor doctor's arm. Well now, due to lyrica, at least Fibro's on the map. A
response might be "Ï'd like to take Lyrica but it ------, list side effects. Elavil was the standard treatment for Fibromyalgia, before Lyrica, I take that." Hang in, persist, it's your due. Best wishes to all.
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