need advice about my SSDI appointment

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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 3/7/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in san francisco. I am currently on General Assistance. I tried to apply for ssdi (depression/anxiety) last year but the triage people at the SF GA office said I didn't have enough mental health history. They also had concerns about my addiction issues.
about a year after I tried applying I discovered that I have an advanced case of Hep C as well as kidney cancer. I had the cancer removed successfully (thank God). I am unemployed, on welfare with astronomical medical bills from my surgery.
Because of my huge medical bill I was advised to apply for medical together with ssdi
The people who refused me last year seem to have interest in taking me on as a client now. I was given a function report to fill out which I did in a thorough way.
I have an appointment this Friday to see a psychiatrist. I was told that I have not been accepted as a client yet so it looks like my friday appt will be the deciding factor. I have heard that the advocates from the SF GA office have the highest success rate. Is that true?If they decide to take me on as a client does that mean I have a good chance of winning?
I need advice about what to say and what to not say to the shrink. I have addiction in my story. Even though I used drugs to self medicate my depression it has been brought to my attention that talking about addiction can hurt my case. I want to be honest but if it will hurt my case I would like to know.
Should I shut up about drugs? I have been in a couple of rehabs....can they find that out?
Also, I've heard that a number of routine tests are given like ink spots etc. If anyone can give me an idea of what kind of tests they will be giving me or perhaps there's a site that can coach me?
If anyone has any tips about my upcoming appointment I would really appreciate it

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   Posted 3/7/2011 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Zephercan,
The Chronic Pain Forum Welcomes all people who wish to share experience and support, but I think you're a little misguided in what you are seeking from our forum here.  Your post seems to be asking us what you should tell the "shrink" so you can get picked up by an Advocacy group for the journey that is SSDI.  Frankly, that's not very smart.  Essentially, what you are telling us is that you want to be on SSDI, and asking us how to cheat on the test.  If you are truly "depressed", and it sufficiently hinders your ability to make a living for yourself, then you deserve to be on disability.  In that case, any honest answers you give to a professional in the field of psychiatry should serve you well.  You should be just fine on your own, being truthful about yourself and your history is always the best policy.  Being deceptive, leaving out information, or any other alteration of the truth will inevitably catch up with you.  Heck, I know for me, just trying to keep my own medical history straight is complicated enough.  I sure as heck wouldn't want to have to worry about trying to deliberately leave out things or cover anything up.  KEEP IT HONEST.  IT's the best way. 
Personally, when I applied for SSDI, I did it as a straight person...without even hiring a lawyer.  All I did was to heavily document all of my medical history, basically snowed them under with paperwork/medical records.  I was approved my first time through the system, so it does happen.  Not everyone is automatically rejected, regardless of what you've heard.
Good luck and let us know what happens.
(Been away so long my sig stuff disappeared...LOL!) 
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