SSD and a visit to the Clinical Psychologist???

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MT Lady
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   Posted 6/21/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I have applied for SSD and now received a letter stating that I have to meet with a clinical psychologist, this coming Wednesday and bring along ALL medications, including supplements, in their original bottles. Has anyone else had to do this? It is making me somewhat anxious. Just wondering if anyone else had to deal with this and what your experience was.
Thanks so much
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 6/21/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Miriam, I have done this just a couple months ago and it wasnt all that bad. The lady psychologist that I saw was very nice. She did some simple memory tests and we talked about my past. Hopefully it is as easy for you as it was for me. I will also pray that you get approved the first time like I did.
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Shirley

deb in indiana
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   Posted 6/21/2010 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to do the same thing i had so much medicine i had to carry it in a tote bag  oh my .He just looked at my medicine and asked me how i have been doing and asked a few ouestions like whats the differance between a apple and orange , count back words by 7's from a 100 to 7 and thats about it just tell the truth thats what i did really nothing to it .Take care Deb

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   Posted 6/21/2010 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
deb, I'm laughing at your comment about counting backwards by 7's...I couldn't do that if my life depended on it...I am horrible with numbers and would most certainly fail. I wonder what would happen then?

MT Lady, I'm in Canada, and my process for getting onto longterm disability was different (mine is through my employer), but I did have to see a psychologist at the Pain Centre as part of my treatment. I spent an hour with her talking about how pain has impacted my life - how it had become impossible to work, to do normal tasks, to be chronically exhausted, to have no sex life to speak of, etc.

I found talking to her wonderfully releasing and I hope that's your experience as well.

hugs,
Pam
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deb in indiana
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   Posted 6/21/2010 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Ya i didn't pass the 7 test for sure my husband set there shaking his head no i just couldn't think that fast he had me on a timer but other then the brain fog it went really well take care Deb

MT Lady
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   Posted 6/22/2010 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Once again, thanks so much for your input. It really helps to get the support of everyone here. I am very anxious about this appointment, mainly because my son told me they are wanting to see if I am "faking it". He is an attorney, and he did his internship at a Health and Disability Advocate office here in Chicago where he interviewed many people with fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed about 22 years ago and for all these years, like many of you, I have been dealing with doctors, nurses, etc, etc, that wonder if you are faking it. I'm tired of trying to convince people of my pain. I am fortunate to have found doctors that believe Fibromyalgia is a real condition and that our pain is real. How do you make someone else feel your pain?

I plan to just go there, with my shopping bag of bottles of pills and be as honest as I can be. That is all I have ever done, that is how I live my life. I'm not one to lie or deceive. If he doesn't believe me and I get denied, then so be it.

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will let you know how it goes

Miriam

PS Wouldn't it be nice if we could measure our pain in tears shed over the years? Or with the sadness we've felt, from losing parts of our lives, being unable to exercise as we once did, to take part in family events as we once did? Or, how about to work a full time job as we once did? Or just take a nice long walk with my dogs, which was one of the most loving, satisfying parts of my daily life that I can no longer do...


Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


MT Lady
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   Posted 6/23/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, had the psych exam, about an hour. The worse part was sitting on a rock hard wooden chair. I finally asked if I could stand up for a while. Anyway, the man was very nice, really nice and I had the same questions as those mentioned earlier. He didn't even look in the totebag full of meds. I did bring a typed list of meds and gave that to him. At the end of the visit, he explained to me that he does not make any decisions. He is simply part of the process, that he submits a report to them to tell them if he found me to be bipolar, or schizophrenic, depression, etc, etc... I'm glad it's behind me. He said it can take up to 5 to 6 weeks for an answer...so we shall see. I am aware that I can be denied up to 3 times. I have nothing to lose.
Thanks again for your input. I sincerely appreciate it.
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


Sherrine
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   Posted 6/23/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Miriam, I'm so glad that is finished for you.  I couldn't be any help on the psych exam because I didn't have one.  Depression wasn't one of my illnesses.  But, their hearing "specialist" was really sad.  I'm used to state of the art hearing exams but I was taken to a basement and the nurse had a case that contained hard plastic headphones for me to wear to hear sounds!  This is what they used 40 years ago!  I couldn't believe it. 
 
You are correct in that the whole purpose of seeing their doctors is to see if you are faking it.  They can spot that a mile away because they have seen it over and over again.  I'm so glad you were totally honest.  That gets you further along. 
 
Time will tell.  I will pray that you get it the first time. 
 
Sherrine
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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