So yesterday I went for my Mental Exam for SSD processing/review purposes. I was requested to file for SSD last November, per my LTD coverage plan guidelines, as I have been deemed 100% disabled through my LTD carrier.
I had no idea what to expect when I went in for this exam and it truly is called a "Mental Exam" on the form I received from SSD. One of the representatives who is assigned to my LTD case, told me this exam was a standard procedure with SSD. If you list any kind of psychiatric prescription drug you take on your SSD paperwork, they generally will require you to have a Mental Exam. She told me the exam would either be 20 minutes and you're out of there... or another kind which can last up to 4 hours. I was fortunate, as my test was the 20 minute one.
The test consisted of answering a wide variety of questions, orally.
After the test, I was amazed at how genuinely poor my memory is. I'm very honest about having short-term memory problems since my fall and I truly believe this is due to my medications. I did have a slight concussion after my fall, but it went away.
One of the first questions I was asked, was who is our current US President. That answer was an easy one for me. I was then asked who was President before Obama and you won't believe this... there was a super long pause while I tried to remember President Bush. I drew an absolute blank! I finally remembered President Bush, in the allotted time-frame, but wow... I was absolutely flabbergasted. I experienced several blank moments during the exam and I just sat there reaching and reaching to grab hold of the answers that I truly knew. Such common questions became a shocking struggle for me and I was quite embarassed.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience. Anyone who is requested to have a Mental Exam, don't be too hard on yourself during and/or after the exam. Just be yourself and answer to the best of your ability. I think being compliant to take such an exam, in some of our conditions, should earn us 4 gold stars for the effort we put forth.