SSD Mental exam, I'm so scared....

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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a Mental exam coming up, I'm so scared, this may be my last chance to talk to them regarding my illness.  This a my second claim, I should have had an answer sent to me by July 25, for their decision.  My SSD worker now wants me to go this appt.  Does anyone know why she would send me to a Mental exam, I do have Depression as one of my symptoms.  I'm so nervous
Please, haanyone been to a Mental exam? how was it? did it actually help your SSD case?
Also, I have never seen my Original SSD file, my Lawyersaid to ask my local office and they said they didn't have it.  On my ALJ 'exhibit list', there was a 15pg report of Mental exam notes on me, I've never been to one, I have always been curious to what it pertains if I have never seen one. 
Thanks for listening, hope you understand me, having brain fog today

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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Syl, dont be scared I had a ssd mental exam just go in and let that doc know that you do have deppression be yourself mine took about 10 whole minutes I dont consider myself to have mental issues maybe a little deppressed from having a chronic illness but nothing major I didnt know why they wanted me to have a mental exam maybe its just standard and I did win my ssd so keep your chin up its almost over your gonna do fine ! hope this helps and good luck.......nona
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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
SSD sent me to a shrink of some sort during their evaluation process. They also sent me to a rheumy and a GP.

The mental exam I was questioned by a nurse practitioner of some kind for 20-30 minutes. My main support person was allowed to participate in this. I believe we talked about depression, and how it was aggravated by chronic illness - also talked about some cognitive issues I was having from lupus. This person made notes, took them into the psychiatrist, then after a 10 minute wait I talked with him for 5-10 minutes, no more.

The rheumy & GP visits were similar, we talked about my symptoms, what my drs had told me, what I agreed with & what I questioned, and they did really minor physical exams. (Fully clothed.)

Whether they helped or hindered? I have no idea. I never saw any results. I've actually never seen (or heard of) an "original SDD file" -- I think they may be referring to the initial questionnaire/forms you fill out when first applying for SSD. I never saw a ALJ exhibit list either -- don't know if there was one or not, but my attorney didn't mention anything.

In the hearing itself the only forms/reports that were specifically talked about were my most recent dr reports, including a cognitive dysfunction exam that I had done at the request of my private long-term disability company.

Just tell the truth, that's all I drs reports & the SSD attorney did the rest. Don't worry, they won't stick you with hot needles or anything! :-)

Hang in there,
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   Posted 8/10/2009 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't worry. They have specific tests they have you do and things that test your memory and all. You want them to see what the real issues are, if you have them. I got it through mine for dementia and ended up having some brain damage they found out later. I don't do well verbally sometimes. Mentally I'm older than I should be, as far as dementia and memory issues go.

Eventual treatment of my thyroid helped me alot, I was worse, butI could n't get it diagnosed till I got my SSD and medicare. So, just because you don't do well on the exam isn't always permanent, but may get better when you can afford treatment and get free of a lot of stress and stay well.

Just try to relax before you go in there and be yourself. That's really all they want to see. There's no right and wrong. Like they can ask you to do math in your head. Mine had a series of tests, there was no way I could know if I passed. The letters to disability from family, friends and others who know you can help too.
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   Posted 8/15/2009 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Marj

my mental exam took about 30 minutes they did all kinds of test. They say I have anxierty and severe depression from chronic pain syndrome and something else. I guess every one has some mental illness of some sort. Dont be scared. It will help you on your case. Be yourself. Good luck.

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