SSI Required Mental Evaluation :(

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DonniesGirl
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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, another step in the process.  I had to agree to go to a psychiatrist and be "evaluated".  It was early in the morning, so I couldn't think straight anyway.  (My best time is evening)  He had a packet of papers with a ton of questions he had to ask and write the answers.  He "tested" me on some things.  He'd read a series of numbers and I'd have to re-state them, then he'd read some and I'd have to say the list backwards!  I only got through 2 of them!!  I was getting so agitated with all the numbers I wanted to upset his desk!!  I had to read a bunch of words that got progressively more difficult, which was no problem, so I didn't feel too dense after that. 
I have to do everything the SS people want b/c we really need the financial help.  It is just kind of degrading.  I'm not a stupid person, but I just can't function under circumstances like that!  I guess that's it, it just made me feel like I'm something less than I should be. 
Anyhow, I got through it, now I guess it will just be a waiting game.  Maybe my early morning fogginess will make me appear mentally unstable...(which really might be true anyway!)  and I'll qualify for help!!  :)  That would be nice.  :) 
 
Luv to all,
DonniesGirl
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merrygirl
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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
i had the same exam. I got approved. hopefully you will too!


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DonniesGirl
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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Melissa...I sure hope so! There is so much to go through with this! I'm glad to hear you got approved!

:) DonniesGirl
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, GERD, Irritable Bowel, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Depression
 
Rx:  Lyrica 100mg 2x, Prilosec OTC, Tramadol, Paxil
 
 
 
Even though the journey's long,
and I know the road is hard,
there's One who's gone before me,
He will help me carry on...


Chutz
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   Posted 8/10/2009 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi DG...

I'm just getting started in the process, collecting information and all and I'm not looking forward to it one bit. But it needs to be done. I do hope yours comes through quickly and positively.

Hugs,
Chutzie
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lost in philly
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   Posted 8/11/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing your experience although I know how embarrassing and degrading it must have been! Most of us and myself included will be in your shoes someday so it is helpful to know what it will be like. It is hard that in order to get the help we need, we have to face our dd head on in all its entirety...explaining it over and over to countless strangers who dont seem to care? And all the while the irony is that to get better, somehow we need to start focusing our attention not on what we can no longer do but what we CAN do. It is hard to heal ourselves when we are stuck in this SSD struggle and they keep our focus so much on our failings! You did a good job. Remember to reward yourself and tell yourself that you are not always and forever that dd...you are only limited if you limit yourself!
Stay strong and good luck with your case!
lost in philly

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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   

I have Social Security Disability and never had a mental evaluation so obviously they don't do it with everyone.  I guess it just depends on the case worker you have to deal with.  I don't understand needing this.  We are not mental cases...we are chronic pain cases!  It's just more wasteful  spending in my humble opinion.

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American Woman
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   Posted 8/11/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi DG
I also had to go for a mental evaluation. When I went, I told the dr. that I didn't know why I was there because my ssd is for my arthritis as far as I knew. I did get approved and it took about 3 months.
I wish you lots of luck and hope you get approved fast.

SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 8/11/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope things go well hon. I know this has been a long process for you. I have been considering applying for SSI, even though I know I will most likely be denied at least the first time. I hope that the test went in your favor. It sounds like that kind of thing would really upset me. I wouldn't want to be label mentally unstable, but I would want them to know that my brain doesn't always like to function like a normal person's does. LOL. Anyways. Best of luck to you. I will keep you in my thoughts.
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decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
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