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SSI mental status evaluation

leocat46lleocat46 Posts: 125
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Health Insurance Issues
I was sent for my mental exam yesterday for SSI. boy , i did not know what to expect. some of the questions made me think, repeating numbers forwards and backwards as he repeated them. we talked about how i felt , of coarse i blurted out just like a bawling baby! i felt so terrible, hurting, upset. and i could not remember nothing hardly for the life of me! my memory was zilch. he asked me who the president of the united states was, do you think i could remember his name?? i was so stunned, i went blank, i looked at the doc like he was stupid or something. he even tried to help me, like said , tall , black, skinny guy? i felt so lost, i told hime i liked him, that i even voted for him. i told him mohommed. duh! :/ later i finally thought of the name. but the whole time i was in there, i just broke down, and could not get a hold of myself it seemed like. he was very nice. not remembering he said was part of my depression. i will not get into how i am really feeling, for that is for a different forum. but i just wanted everyone to know how it was for myself. he did tell me, he will be sending all this info to columbus, it will take about a week. then social securtiy about another 4 wks. to process, give or take a week. i figure i might here from them by the first of Oct. i guess this exam was the icing on the cake. i applied back in June 2nd. , so we will see. if anyone has any experiences with this same exam , let me know. thanks Leo


  • I too had to go through the same thing you mentioned. I was surprised at how well I did remembering but remembering numbers has always been my strong point. I told the doc how I feel depressed cuz I hurt and I hurt cuz I'm depressed and said does that make since?? The guy was very very nice and looked at me and said he would be concerned if I wasn't depressed after everything that I've been through with my back and life. It was comforting hearing that from a medical professional. He said it is very common to be depressed when you are coping with chronic pain.
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