Anyone ever go through a psych evaluation for disability?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

karona
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts : 69
   Posted 9/24/2012 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have an appointment scheduled next week with a psychologist chosen by the Social Security office for a "mental examination". I am still in the determination phase for disability and last week I received a letter stating that the evidence they obtained was not complete enough for them to make decision.

During my initial application, I listed my illnesses for disability in this order: Depression, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, and ADD. The depression and fibro are neck and neck for most debilitating, but it seems the depression may carry more weight for my case so I put it first. Fibro is still so tricky.

Does anyone have any experience going through a psych eval for Major Depressive Disorder? Do you know what specifically they are looking for? Any tips?

I have a disability thread started over in the Fibromyalgia forums for anyone who may be in a similar situation. There are a few of us waiting for our determinations. Feel free to join in the wait and get some support.

www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=24&m=2490734
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, ADD

BnotAfraid
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2012
Total Posts : 7512
   Posted 9/24/2012 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Karona

All i can advise is for you to be 100% honest in your answers.

Trina
Moderator
Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

getting by
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 42608
   Posted 9/24/2012 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think that the psych exam is scarey or anything. Like Trina said, be 100% honest. But keep in mind that your psychological issues do effect the way that you live your life. I just recently applied for ssi. We make too much money for me to qualify. It is really frustrating to me. But I did try. I thought that if I was disabled, when I turn 55 I could get my husband's SS. But I could be wrong. I am going to have to look over the rules. I think I have to be a widow. Not sure about it.

I hope that you get it. If they ask you any questions about working, remember, it means doing something 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. So look at the overall picture. I haven't had a psych exam by a SS doctor, so I am sorry I am no help. But I want to wish you good luck, and do let us know how it goes. Remember, you may be denied up to 3 times, so keep appealing. They do try to make it so that you want to give up.

Hugs, Karen
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia


fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies

Kaely
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2012
Total Posts : 619
   Posted 9/25/2012 1:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Korona,

I've had the psych evaluation for disability even though I was going for disability for physical problems. There's really nothing to it. You go in, the doctor asks you questions, just answer truthfully and you're done.

Don't be nervous and freak yourself out, it's really nothing. :)
Chronic pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Tennis Elbow (both arms), Arthritis, Diabetes. Ruptured disk L4-L5, Severe degenerative damage L5-S1, L5 Nerve root displacement, ACDF C5-C6

opnwhl4
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 4961
   Posted 9/25/2012 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same experience as Kaely. He asked several questions and I was on my way in about 40 minutes.

Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

karona
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts : 69
   Posted 9/25/2012 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. Of course I am freaking myself out, so that is the problem. I am also debating if I should take my Xanax before I go in or go "as is" so they can see. It will also be a very bad time of day for me, so that would normally be a huge problem because my brain won't be functioning at all and I will be in a lot of pain and very fatigued. That is what I was worried most about. If I have to be "on the ball" I'm screwed. Thank god the place is right up the street from me. I will be going right back home and crashing.

Thanks for the input. :)
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, ADD

Kaely
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2012
Total Posts : 619
   Posted 9/25/2012 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd go in 'as is' unless you can't stand it. You want them to see what it's really like for you to try to function.
Chronic pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Tennis Elbow (both arms), Arthritis, Diabetes. Ruptured disk L4-L5, Severe degenerative damage L5-S1, L5 Nerve root displacement, ACDF C5-C6

getting by
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 42608
   Posted 9/25/2012 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Kaely is right, you do want them to see you at your worst. Because they are going to try to say that there is nothing wrong with you.

Good luck and do let us know how it goes.

Hugs, Karen
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia


fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:35 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,004,275 posts in 329,130 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161734 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, electrified.
220 Guest(s), 10 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
SoMuchFun, liquidz1, tickbite666, Michael_T, browntrout, ceebs13, Alxander, brucen36, halbert, iPoop