I have to see a psychologist tomorrow as part of ssdi

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by redhummingbird, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. redhummingbird

    redhummingbird New Member

    Can anyone tell me what to expect? The letter from ssdi didn't tell me much except to be there.

    I'm not sure why they are sending me to a psychologist except to test for cognitive impairment which I have.

    Any advice?

  2. Waynesrhythm

    Waynesrhythm Member

    Hi Redhummingbird,

    This is a requirement for anybody applying for disability. You may have to take a test which I believe is also standard practice. I think the key to these kinds of appointments is to just be honest and sincere.

    Regards, Wayne
  3. redhummingbird

    redhummingbird New Member

    Thanks Rocky and Wayne!

    I'm sure my cognitive deficits will be pretty clear once she talks to me for any length of time.

    I think I get a little anxious about appointments because of the fatigue and dizziness. I hate not feeling well in front of people. The dizziness has improved quite a bit with treatment but I have a long way to go in all other areas...
  4. kat1957

    kat1957 New Member

    I went through this a few years ago. I honestly think the psych I saw helped me. She was very nice and explained what she was doing. As we talked she typed into a computer. Kind of weird but just part of it. She told me as we talked if there was anything I felt I didn't want included to tell her and she would leave it out. One time I said to leave what I said out and she said honestly that she thought it would help to leave it in so I did. Someone told me later that maybe she was being sneaky but I do not think so at all. I truly believe she helped me.

    I wish I could remember more about what she asked me but with Fibro Memory I can't. I know she did ask cognitive type questions as well as others.

    Good luck.
  5. texasrose204

    texasrose204 New Member

    Hope your appt went well! I have one on the 28th and yes it worrys me!
    Thanks Nink for the info I didn't have any idea what it would be like. I do have trouble driving unless it is just couple blocks. I don't focus well anymore and making decisions like pulling out in traffic, lights really hard . I don't know why these things are getting harder! Thank you!
  6. marti_zavala

    marti_zavala Member

    And she tested my hand grip and other things with gadgets.

    I am certain that this helped win my case "on the record"

  7. redhummingbird

    redhummingbird New Member

    The psychologist actually told me that she thought I should "push myself and try to exercise more"!!! I couldn't believe it!

    I politely told her that both the rheumatologist as well as the cfs specialist that I see told me NOT to push myself because that could make things worse.

    She talked a lot about herself during the exam. She did some neuropsych testing.

    I didn't do very well which was hard but expected. At the end of the exam she said it was clear the fatigue was affecting my cognitive abilities.

    She was really nice. She also told me I was depressed and should try to get into therapy and added that the depression was normal given what's going on.

    Thanks for the advice and support everyone!
  8. texasrose204

    texasrose204 New Member

    Do they actually think we shouldn't be depressed? being in constant pain etc. would depress anyone. you will feel better since it's over -- I am not looking forward to mine on the 29th.
  9. brainfoggy

    brainfoggy New Member

    He just looked at me perplexed when I couldn't recall stories or pictures. Told me I was depressed. His office looked like one of those people that hoards things...a disaster!!! :) It was alot of cognitive testing which I failed and I still was denied. I think unless you are totally debilitated, which we are...yet we can still walk and talk... it's just not clear cut.

    Keep trying my decision maker is out of Fresno.
    Good luck.
  10. redhummingbird

    redhummingbird New Member

    Hi jam-

    It's a relief to have it over with. I've been feeling very strange and spacey the rest of the day but there's a lot going on in many ways...

    My appointment was in Alameda County. I think they try to send you someplace in the same city.

    This woman said she used to do neuropsych testing 10 years ago and that many people believe it's psychosomatic.

    I tried to do some education even though she claimed to know something about it. Clearly she didn't.

    Hopefully you'll be able to skip this part and just get approved!

    brainfoggy-I laughed when I read the part where the psychologist's office looked like a hoarder. She warned me about possibly getting denied. This was prior to the testing.

    Marty-Thanks. I hope the exam helps my case. I think it was pretty clear that I was unable to do much with my brain.

    At one point I just stared at the page and told her I had no idea what the answer was and felt like just making something up!

    Does the brain fog improve?
  11. shelby319

    shelby319 New Member

    Hi redhummingbird~
    First off..I love your username...I live where we have alot of the ruby throated hummingbirds and I love to just sit here and watch them eat!!

    I just wanted to touch base with your testing with the psychologist...I hope it went better than expected though.
    I'm a clinical psychologist and I also do testing for fibro, along with the fact that I'm a fibro patient myself.

    I do know of many in my field that are just horrible with patient's that have fibro and don't even believe it's an illness!! I was only diagnosed myself a little over 4 years ago, but even before that I had to test patient's for their disability. I would like to think that all Dr's would treat their patient's with the upmost respect when it came to either a disablitly or any health problem and not pass judgement until they hear the whole story.

    I know this is not the norm though..which is a shame..but at least hear everyone's story and do the proper testing before reaching any conclusion or typecast anyone before anything else. There are many reason's why this testing is done..and you're right...most of it is cognitive testing, but also to hear their whole history and/or their health issues. Many of my client's are survivor's of abuse or have had something traumatic happen in their lives that bring them to this point... stress and/or a traumatic event is a huge factor I've found anyway, for people with fibromyalgia..myself included!

    I haven't been on the board in a long time now...but I do like to check in and see new treatment options or what other's have found that work for them that might help myself....I hope you do too...this is a great support group and with a huge amount of wonderful, caring, intelligent, compassionate group of people who can help you probably more than any psychologist can do...lol!!!

    I already forgot if you won your case or not...see how bad my memory can get?/! But unfortunately that is part of the illness, but we come to live with that as well, as all the other health issues we have to deal with daily.

    Anyhoo...I just wanted to let you know that not all psychologists are inconsiderate and/or insensitive to learning more about this disease and how it effects us dearly!
    Have a very sparkling day,